The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), with the support of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), conducted an anti-doping webinar on Tuesday with the aim of raising awareness on anti-doping matters through an educational programme.
The event, which is a-first-of-its kind to be organised by the WAFF, commenced with opening remarks from the WAFF General Secretary Khalil Al Salem, which was followed by a series of lectures from some of the best names in the field.
The AFC Medical Committee Chairperson, Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan Singh, provided a detailed overview of the progress made in the fight against doping in football in Asia, as well as the challenges that are still being faced in the field.
On other topics, Col. Dr Reema Alhosani of the United Arab Emirates presented on the subject of “Supplements and Substance of Abuse”, while Malaysia’s Dr. Farrah Hani Imran delivered a lecture on “Therapeutic Use Exemptions”. Dr. Jens Kleinefeld from Germany covered “Urine, Blood & Dried Blood Spot Testing”.
The final presenter, Shirlyn Tan, Senior Legal Counsel of the AFC, shared insights on Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) and highlighted some case studies.
Andrew Colin Mercer, AFC General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs, said in his closing remarks, “The AFC believes that education is one of the most powerful tools we have in our quest to prevent doping in football.”
“We want to assure all our Member Associations and Regional Associations that the AFC will be there to lend steadfast support as they strive to uphold the integrity of our game. We commend the WAFF’s initiative in delivering this session and thank them for the opportunity to collaborate.”
With experts from all over the Continent coming together to share their knowledge with sports medicine professionals, the webinar played a key role in ensuring that the AFC remains committed to enhancing doping controls and medical education in Asian football.