Three representatives from UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) visited Cyprus to deliver training sessions for Doping Control Personnel (DCP) on the island.
The three-day course, led by UKAD Head of Testing George Tsamis and with the support of two UKAD Doping Control Trainers, covered key procedures within the doping control process. These included athlete notification, chaperoning, sample provision, sample sealing and relevant administrative procedures.
Over the weekend, run from 17 - 20 October, a total of 13 existing and ten new DCP were trained, with the assessment levels based on the format used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games training programme. This is the second time that UKAD has been approached by the Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority (CyADA) to assist with DCP certification.
CyADA President Dr Michael Petrou said: “We are really grateful to UKAD for conducting this successful training course for our Doping Control Personnel.
“Over the past three days our DCP were trained on doping control procedures and exposed to international practices by one of the world’s leading national anti-doping organisations.
“CyADA’s aim is to maintain a high standard of DCP and continue providing professional doping control services for both international and Cypriot athletes.
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with UKAD to achieve a level-playing field in the fight against doping in sport.”
UKAD Head of Testing George Tsamis added: “UKAD was once again pleased to accept CyADA’s invitation to deliver this course and recognises the importance of developing international partnerships to support the global fight against doping.
“It is always useful to meet and interact with colleagues from other national anti-doping organisations who face similar challenges to the ones present in the UK.
“This three-day course provided the opportunity to share experiences and to exchange views on best practice that will help improve the level of service we both offer.”