Anti-doping in place to catch drug cheats at Port Moresby 2015

By Esther Haro, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 4, 2015 – Forty seven anti-doping control officers are in place and ready to catch any drug cheats at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games.

There are 17 officers from Fiji, five from Papua New Guinea and an additional 25 who where were identified from the 168 medical volunteers that have come to help at the Games.

There are three anti-doping centres that have been set up for the Games; BSP Arena, Sir John Guise Stadium and the Games Village.

The Pacific Games medical services officer, Rachael Kulup (PNG), said the organising committee has hired a United States based company called Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) to conduct the doping tests during the Games.

“The anti-doping control officers will conduct independent and confidential medical tests and analysis based on suspicious cases brought before them,” Kulup said.

“Depending on each case, appropriate samples such as blood, urine or spittle will be collected and sent to ORADO to conduct specialised testing.”

There will be a maximum of 300 tests performed during the Games and will be conducted only on suspicious grounds.

GNS eh/jc

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