Anti Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ) today announced the launch of its initiative to establish an anti-doping testing and research facility in Doha's Aspire Zone. The facility will be the region's first specialized Anti Doping Laboratory and, upon completion, will serve athletes throughout the Gulf region and the whole of West Asia.
Dr. Mohammed Al Maadheed, Director-General of ADLQ said, "We are very excited about this project and its implications for Qatar and the region. Athletes in Qatar will benefit from the laboratory's activities, which will ensure fair and honest competition and protect their health. Furthermore, the testing provided at our facility, accompanied by our ongoing research program, will significantly advance the wider struggle to eliminate drug use in sports and promote healthy and drug-free athletics."
The Anti Doping Lab Qatar facility will be the first anti-doping laboratory to be established in West Asia, and the second to be established in the entire Middle East region. The project will be completed in four years and, in order to uphold Olympic standards of fair play and avoid any conflict of interest, the laboratory will operate independent of Qatar's existing sporting agencies, under its own governing structure.
The Anti Doping Lab Qatar project, with encouragement from the Gulf Cooperation Council's summit in December 2007 in Doha, is driving the country's rise to leadership in the region's anti-doping field. By 2012, the Anti Doping Lab Qatar will join the elite group of labs accredited by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). There are only thirty five labs around the world that are currently WADA-accredited, and this international accreditation will help to make Qatar much better host for future international sporting events.
The facility will offer anti doping testing and will conduct ongoing research into the use of prohibited substances, test-development, and other issues involved with drug use in sports. With the support of the Qatar Olympic Committee, the facility is also expected to offer free anti doping testing for countries in the region that cannot afford it.
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