Members of the South East Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SEA RADO) experienced the benefits of the Doping Control Officer (DCO) Exchange Program as DCOs from Myanmar and Singapore assisted at last month’s All Indonesian Games.
The exchange was co-ordinated by the Lembaga Anti-Doping Indonesia (LADI) – the Indonesian national anti-doping organization - in conjunction with SEA RADO, and resulted in an effective sharing of resources and expertise.
DCOs Dr. Phyo Wai Win from Myanmar and Singaporean Mr. Zaher Bin Wahab assisted at the September 15-21 event in Pekanbaru, and worked closely with Mr. Budi Utomo Wibowo from LADI.
“During my time at the Games, I was deployed to conduct doping tests at several venues – including weightlifting, judo, fencing and basketball,” explained Mr. Bin Wahab.
“I was also able to share my experience with the other DCOs. As one of the two invited international DCOs who could communicate in basic Indonesian, I was asked about the differences in testing procedures between our two countries.
“It was important for me to answer their queries as many had just completed their training in June 2012 and they were taking part in what was their first in-competition testing”.
The SEA RADO is composed of 11 nations from the region and has its headquarters in Singapore.