The 2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee (GOC) and the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization (ORADO) have officially announcement their partnership for the Sol2023 Pacific Games this year.
The GOC and the Pacific Games Council (PGC) last week agreed to contract ORADO for doping control services for this year’s Games. These services include;
• Athlete sample collection
• Management of Therapeutic Use Exemptions
• Advice on and support with the coordination of the Results Management process
• Community and Athlete outreach education on the importance of clean sport and the doping control process
• A commitment to building local anti-doping knowledge and sample collection officer capacity
The agreement will also see that GOC ensures all competition venues will have designated Doping Control Stations at Games time.
GOC Medical & Anti-Doping Service Supervisor, Duta Kauhiona said providing Doping Control services is a requirement under the Pacific Games Council Charter 2021.
“ORADO’s services to the Sol2023 Pacific Games is a PGC requirement and is stipulated in the PGC Charter. Protocol 14.1 states, “The Medical Commission shall undertake an overview of the work of the Regional Anti-Doping Agency with which the OC shall have contracted to provide all doping control in accordance with WADA Code.
“ORADO will coordinate the entire doping control process, including test planning, athlete selection, athlete notification, chaperoning of athletes, sample collection, sample sealing, sample storage and provide sample with results management of any suspected positive results,” Ms Kauhiona said.
The announcement was officially made by GOC Chief Executive Peter Stewart and ORADO Chief Executive Alister Stevic in front of the local media in Honiara.