H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurates Anti Doping Laboratory Qatar
Doha – December 10, 2012 – Anti Doping Laboratory Qatar (ADLQ), the first specialised laboratory of its kind in the Middle East, was inaugurated in an official ceremony under the auspices of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, The Heir Apparent to The State Of Qatar, on 10th December.
ADLQ is a state-of-the-art facility that provides anti-doping testing for athletes across the Gulf region as well as West Asia. Doping control tests will be administered during competition, training and even in the off-season to catch cheats and protect athletes.
Equipped with cutting-edge technology and a specialist team, ADLQ will provide testing for all known forms of doping including testosterone, amphetamines, blood doping (reinfusion), anabolic steroids, EPO, HGH, beta blockers and even the newest form of doping – genetic doping.
This beautiful three stories’ Lab is situated on a 10,000 square meter land, right across from Aspetar within the Aspire Zone.
The Ground Floor of ADLQ hosts all administration staff and the Management team. The 1st floor is dedicated to Anti-Doping testing only, the core business of ADLQ, while the 2nd floor is available for Anti-Doping research and open to researchers who are working in similar fields; it will also house the Toxicology lab, and a multi-purpose lab to complement the clinical laboratories in the State of Qatar. The multi-purpose lab also covers the requirements and needs for a highly sophisticated analytical lab in Qatar.
ADLQ will also strive to make drug education part of health education, lay down norms regulating the use of technology in sport and provide accurate and current information to athletes to help them think critically and make the wise choice of avoiding doping in any form.
ADLQ is seeking compliance with ISO/IEC17025 accreditation. The target is to achieve World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation by the end of 2014, joining an elite group of only 33 labs that have won WADA’s endorsement so far.
Completing the formula to sports in Qatar, as well as contributing towards Qatar”s 2030 vision to be a leader in sports, science, education and research, ADLQ endeavours to eliminate drug use in all sports and uphold the Olympic ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. In the process ADLQ will strive to make sport in all its forms fairer, safer and healthier for all stakeholders, foremost among them, athletes.
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