The Anti-Doping Committee of the Arab Women's Sports Tournament (AWST) on Sunday held an anti-doping awareness workshop at the Sharjah Ladies Club.
The workshop focused on the risks associated with the use of steroids so that athletes taking part in the tournament’s third edition, to be held in Sharjah from February 2-12, are aware of its consequences.
A hundred female athletes from Emirati clubs took part in the workshop held by Chairman of the Anti-Doping Committee, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Muhairi, and Nora Al Hamr, head of the Sports Teams Committee for the AWST.
Participating clubs included Sharjah Ladies Club, Al Dhaid Cultural and Sports Club in Sharjah, and Bani Yas Club in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Al Muhairi said, "We played a video by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Arabic that took them through all the aspects of doping from methods of steroid detection to the banned substances. We also spoke about the temptation athletes face and how that may lead to heavy and irreversible consequences such as reputation damage."
The primary goal of the workshop, he noted, was to establish that AWST promotes the principle of equality and justice and so will not tolerate players taking steroids to pump up their performance when others are working hard to achieve success based on merit. "We want to maintain a fair atmosphere for competition to flourish."
Nada al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST’s Supreme Organising Committee, Head of Executive Committee, and Tournaments Manager, said, "We haven’t yet experienced any cases related to doping in the previous two editions of the tournament and a clean tournament is what we hope for in the 2016 edition as well. Steroid tests conducted on 36 athletes have all come back negative."
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