I was very busy weekend, I spent the past two days (10~11 Sept.) with the Daegu 2011 LOC. During this time I had the opportunity to attend the Doping Control Officers (DCO) Training Workshop! I had a lot of questions about Doping.
Sarbi: How were the volunteers selected?
LOC: The volunteers that were selected as DCOs were chosen based on their academic major. Those who were/are Pre-Med and Nursing students received priority, as their studies are very closely related to the doping procedures. Also if students held a major in English or Communications, they had a high chance of being selected.
Sarbi: What is Doping?
LOC: Doping is the use of performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids in sporting events.
Sarbi: How do you find out who has been “Doping?”
LOC: We conduct a Doping Test. The Doping Test is an official test to discover whether the athletes who are taking part in the competition have been given any substances aimed to improve or harm their performance. The primary purpose of Doping Control is to lessen the impact of drug abuse within the competition, and to make sure athletes are given the best environment to fairly contest each event.
In talking with the new potential DCOs, I learned that they come from all walks of life. In 2011 the DCOs will range from university students to working professionals who will volunteer their services in the hopes of having a doping violation free World Championships.
|Volunteers signing in at the workshop|
|Young-Ae Kim of the LOC|
Young-Ae Kim, a member of the Daegu 2011 LOC and many other staff members hosted the training workshop. The volunteers gathered at 18:00 and began their training after dinner!
|Volunteers listening to a doping presentation|
The volunteers gave their undivided attention for the entire evening!
|Joo-Hee Park of the LOC trains the newest DCOs|
|Students absorbing all of the Doping Info|
|Director, Gyu-Hwan Lee of the International Cooperation Team from KADA|