By Andy Sambidge
Anti Doping Lab Qatar announces initiative to serve athletes in GCC, west Asia.
Qatar is to set up an anti-doping testing and research facility to serve athletes throughout the GCC and west Asia, with operations expected to start in 2014.
Anti Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ) announced the launch of its initiative which will be based in Doha's Aspire Zone. Dr Mohammed Al Maadheed, director-general of ADLQ said: "We are very excited about this project and its implications for Qatar and the region. Athletes in Qatar will benefit from the laboratory's activities, which will ensure fair and honest competition and protect their health.
"Furthermore, the testing provided at our facility, accompanied by our ongoing research programme, will significantly advance the wider struggle to eliminate drug use in sports and promote healthy and drug-free athletics."
The new facility will be the first anti-doping laboratory to be established in west Asia, and the second in the Middle East, ADLQ said in a statement.
The project will be completed in four years and, to uphold Olympic standards, the laboratory will operate independent of Qatar's existing sporting agencies.
The facility will offer anti doping testing and will conduct ongoing research into the use of prohibited substances.
With the support of the Qatar Olympic Committee, the facility is also expected to offer free anti doping testing for countries in the region that cannot afford it.
Intereting and good to hear such a news that Qater thy are going to be the pionier and leader in doping industry in the qulf area and all over the middle east after Tunisa. I would like to have the full adress of the chairman or the lab.