LAHORE - The Sports Board Punjab (SBP) in collaboration with Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) is going to conduct a two-day doping awareness camp for Pakistan’s Commonwealth Games contingent at Nishtar Park Sports Complex E-Library on June 11 and 12, 2022.

In this regard, DG Sports Punjab Javed Chohan and POA Secretary General Khalid Mahmood addressed a press conference here at National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. Addressing the press conference, Javed Chohan said the prime objective of the SBP’s doping awareness camp is to make aware Pakistan athletes, coaches, managers and team officials of the troubles of doping.

“The SBP will hold a series of activities in the collaboration with the POA in future which will be advantageous for players and coaches, manager and team officials to a great extent. The POA has a wider sports mandate and has affiliation with top international sports bodies. There is no doubt that POA could be beneficial for the sports community in many ways,” he added.

Javed Chohan added that doping awareness camp would not be restricted to Punjab only. “The camp proceedings will be aired through the Zoom system across the country. All district sports officers, athletes, and other officials of the province will be engaged in this valuable activity through Zoom technology.”

POA Secretary Khalid Mahmood said that medical experts such as Dr Asad Abbas Shah, Dr Lubna, Dr Waqar and Ada Jaffery would deliver lectures about good conduct, harassment and how an athlete can protect himself/herself from the menace of doping during the 2-day camp. Khalid said that during the camp, the medical experts would caution the athletes and coaches to avoid the use of performance-enhancing drugs, which is unlawful and punishable under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) laws.

“The members of the Pakistan contingent will be informed that these illegal drugs are detrimental for human health and cause irreversible damage to athletes who use them,” he said and added: “It is our target to show zero dope test in the upcoming grand event. We are quite determined to achieve this target by following a clean sports policy and educating our athletes, coaches, manager and team officials.”