Several Administrators, Captains and Coaches from the various National Federations and Associations, under the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), over the weekend participated in an anti-doping workshop at the Apostolic Foundation School in Sinkor.
The workshop, which was conducted by the LNOC, is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee. About 80 participants were in attendance for the workshop.
During the workshop, Mr. Emmanuel Agu, one of the lecturers, spoke on the topic “The Regulations Approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)” and the substances that are prohibited by WADA before, during and after competitions.
He informed the participants of the effects of banned substances on the athletes, the short and long-term effects, while Mulbah Zaza lectured the participants on the practical experiences of coaches and captains in the Anti-Doping exercise.
Mr. Zaza further lectured on some of the behavior patterns of players or athletes who doped themselves during competitions and how the coaches should monitor the athletes before, during and after competitions.
For his part, Cllr. Sylvester D. Rennie spoke on the overview, objectives and history that led to the formation of WADA. He further expanded on the core values of WADA. Participants at the workshop were impressed with the lectures offered by the lecturers and lauded the IOC for the opportunity through the LNOC for explaining the anti-doping regulations and their effect on the athletes.
They also requested the LNOC to extend such programs to other counties since sporting activities are also carried out in those counties.
In a related development, the IOC-sponsored COVID-19 awareness campaign continued on Thursday, March 11, with Lombardia High School and SDA High School in Gardnersville benefitting from a donation of preventive materials.
The awareness campaign also extended to the Barnersville Sports Pitch, Kabbeh Community, Dry Rice Market, and the Sports Commission on Broad Street.
The awareness campaign will continue with several communities and sports facilities to be visited for the purpose of spreading COVID-19 preventive measures and Anti-Doping regulations.