The Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar (ADLQ) is conducting its annual scientific symposium for the fifth year in a row.
The ADLQ is focusing on “Global Trends in Anti-doping research” this year. For two days, representatives from WADA, doping laboratories, and doping commissions will meet to disclose the perspectives of the different stakeholders participating in presentations as well as panel discussions. The event will take place in the Torch Ballroom in Aspire Zone.
Mrs Mishael Al Ansari, Marketing and Communication Director of ADLQ, said the ADLQ Symposium with its 5th edition has become one of the most-waited for events every year in the anti-doping world. She added we are extremely happy to contribute in this way, among other ways, to the fight against doping.
ADLQ General Manager Dr Mohammed Alsayrafi said the aims of the 5th ADLQ Symposium are to examine all aspects of research related to anti-doping, from both the historical and current standpoint, in order to help the community identify future areas of investigation. Dr Alsayrafi also said we, with this mixture of experiences and insights we have, are planning to have a document for publication from the proceedings of this symposium.
The symposium was preceded by a workshop that was held in collaboration with the Qatar National Anti-Doping Commission (QNADC) for Blood Collection Officers for a count of 14 delegates from the region. The symposium was opened by Dr Mohammed Ghanim Al Maadheed, Chairman of the ADLQ Board of Trustees with speakers from Qatar including, Dr AbdulSattar Al Taei, Executive Director of Qatar National Research Fund and Dr Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman of QNADC. The list of international speakers include Dr Valerie Forneyron, Former French Minister for Sports, Youth, Community Education and Community Life and current Chairperson of the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee along with Professor Arne Ljungqvist, former Vice President of WADA and former Chairman of the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee.
Qatar has been a strong supporter of fight against doping for long. However, the country has been hit by consignments of substances prohibited in sports in recent times. In March this year, four separate consignments were seized by the Customs Authority at Hamad International Airport. These consignments included growth hormones, anabolic agents, and testosterone -- all of which are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Dr Nasser al-Ansari, vice chairman of the Qatar National Anti-Doping Commission (QNADC), said this consignment in particular was likely to be used by amateur bodybuilders who often organize small tournaments amongst themselves. Dr al-Ansari added the problem is that a lot of these athletes just don’t grasp how bad these substances are for them, and the damage they do to their bodies. He also commented that they’re still young so their bodies can take a lot of abuse, but at some point they will suffer gravely for doping and unfortunately at that point it is often far too late and this is why it is incredibly important for us to inform every one of the dangers of doping.