Training for anti-doping officers

Training for anti-doping officers

MASERU – The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) through the Sport Medicine and Protection of Clean Athletes Commission is holding a five-day workshop at Aloes Guest House for its Anti-Doping Education Officers (ADEO).
The training was opened on Monday by the minister of sports, Mahali Phamotse, and will end on Friday.
The workshop is being facilitated by Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) Africa Zone VI chairman Andrew Kamanga from Botswana with the assistance of local ADEOs Khotso Mahloko and Thabo Kholopo.

Speaking on Tuesday, LNOC head of programmes Pulumo Nchakha said the seminar is meant to train more officers whose job is to disseminate anti-doping education to athletes around the country.
Currently, the LNOC only has two ADEO officers.
Ten hopefuls, six women and four men, are undergoing the week-long training with the hope of increasing the pool of anti-doping officers in the country.

The officers were identified by the Lesotho Sport and Recreational Commission (LSRC), ministry of sports, LNOC, Olympic Africa Youth Ambassadors Programme (OYAP) and Lepereng Olyampafrica Centre.
Nchakha said it is a challenge working with only two officers on the ground and with Lesotho set to host the Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games in 2020, it is important for the country to be equipped in every department. Lesotho will also host the 2022 African Youth Games.

“According to our statistics we have only two officers who do anti-doping education so we realised that, as part of implementing our strategic plan, we should increase the pool of anti-doping personnel,” he said.
“We have six females and four males making the number of officers undergoing training, ten.
“The participants are picked from national federations, LSRC, LNOC, from the ministry and other institutions. After training they will be accredited as official educators on issues of anti-doping.”

Nchakha added: “We are increasing the pool in the anti-doping department because we saw a challenge with only two officers on the ground.
“We have two doping control officers who do tests on doping and we also have only one result manager who takes the issues of doping after tests are complete.

“We also have one officer who does ‘strategic use exemption’ meaning we have to do something as our 2020 and 2022 games are approaching.
“We have to make sure that we have relevant personnel to carry out all the tasks.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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