POSTED: Saturday June 20th 2015

12th Asia/Oceania Region Intergovernmental Ministerial Meeting on Anti-Doping in Sport hosted in Almaty

Almaty, June 20, 2015 - Today, the 12th Asia/Oceania Region Intergovernmental Ministerial Meeting on Anti-Doping in Sport kicked off in Almaty. The annual meeting, organized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is designed to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all forms at the international level.
The large-scale event brought together 60 participants representing 26 countries to present their progress reports, share experience gained and discuss new ways of effective anti-doping, therefore creating a productive base for cooperation and partnership between the anti-doping organizations of Asia and Oceania.

The meeting program covered a wide range of topics, including the 2015 World Anti-doping Code - The Way Forward, Asian Contributions to WADA - 2015 & 2016, NADO/RADO Activities and Partnerships, the medical aspects and the role of personnel in protecting the clean athlete as well as open discussion panels with athletes.
Mr David Howman, Director General of WADA commented: «WADA is a unique partnership between the sport movement and governments, with its main aim being to protect the clean athlete and provide a level playing field for all. Rapid development of sports infrastructure in Kazakhstan allowed the country to become a leader in fight against doping in sport within Central Asia region. As the head office of the Regional Anti-Doping Organization, Almaty is responsible for coordinating anti-doping across 8 countries in the region. Thus, today meeting is the unique platform helping to foster the combination and complementing of sports’ and governments’ respective resources and assets, and results in a coordinated and cohesive approach to anti-doping».

Recent achievements by Kazakhstani athletes on the international scene have attracted the attention of many international sports organizations. According to the report presented by the Vice Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Saken Mussaibekov, 199 sports have been developed in Kazakhstan, including 35 Olympic sports, 22 national sport and 130 of non-Olympic sports. Kazakhstani athletes participate in a large number of international competitions, and thanks to their victories, the world increasingly recognizes Kazakhstan. Since Kazakhstan’s independence in 1991, Kazakhstani athletes have won 59 medals (17 gold, 20 silver, 22 bronze) in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, 643 medals (207 gold, 192 silver and 244 bronze) during The Asian Games, 40 medals (8 gold, 12 silver, 20 bronze) at the Summer Paralympics and 1 silver medal at Winter Paralympics.

Kazakhstan has also become a Central Asian center for anti-doping control. After signing the Anti-Doping Rules in 2004 and ratifying the International Convention against Doping in Sport in December 2009, Kazakhstan has secured its commitments and entered into intergovernmental cooperation in the fight against doping. In addition, the nation is actively pursuing joint-actions to eradicate doping in sport. In order to coordinate and control the anti-doping activities in the country - and to ensure the full functioning of the Anti-Doping Laboratory created in 2002 by Almaty in accordance with the requirements of the Convention - a National Anti-Doping Center was established in 2012. This Center works on all standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency as a key element in implementation of the national anti-doping policy.

Mr Saken Mussaibekov, Vice-Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan said: «The problem of doping at the moment is one of the central problems of modern sport, as doping is not only detrimental to an athlete’s health, but also undermines the foundations and the image of the sport. The Anti-Doping Rules of the Republic of Kazakhstan, adopted in 2014, fully complies with the World Anti-Doping Code. Thus, Kazakhstan has not only brought its anti-doping policy in accordance with international standards, but has become an active participant of the process».

Mr Andrey Kryukov, WADA Foundation Board member, Vice-Chairman of Almaty 2022 Bid Committee continued: «Today’s anti-doping discussions are of great importance to the entire sporting society of Kazakhstan. Almaty is the major sports center in our country and our WADA recognized Anti-Doping Lab is a huge asset to our bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. We believe that the measures taken to combat doping in sport will contribute to the promotion of sports and culture of healthy lifestyles in Kazakhstan».

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