The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SEARADO) held SEARADO virtual board members meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting, scheduled to be held in the Sultanate has been conducted virtually following the COVID-19 outbreak and was attended by representatives from WADA, SEARADO and SEARADO Board members from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The country through Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Committee (BDADC) was represented by Director of the National Service Programme, Chairperson of BDADC and Board member of SEARADO Pengiran Haji Zulkifli bin Pengiran Haji Ismail.
Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Chairperson of BDADC Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud was also present.
The meeting focussed on the implementation of World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) 2021 that will be launched on January 1, 2021 as well as the WADA and SEARADO Strategic Plan 2012-2025.
The WADC was first introduced in 2004 as a Code of Regulation for regulating Anti-Doping Programmes and activities to ensure its equality and accountability worldwide. The WADC has been updated mainly in areas of Anti-Doping Rules Violation (ADRV), the International Standards for Results Management (ISRM) and International Standards for Education (ISE).
The WADA and SEARADO Strategic Plans include capacity building programmes, doping tests, and research.
The BDADC was established in 2006 under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to design and implement the Anti-Doping Programme specifically for Brunei Darussalam. BDADC members have also been assigned to regional and international sports tournaments including Asian Games, SEA Games and ASEAN Inter-University Games.