More than 200 medical practitioners benefit from insightful anti-doping webinar
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in collaboration with the FIFA Anti-Doping Unit organised a two-day webinar to strengthen the anti-doping knowledge of AFC Member Association medical professionals which ended on Wednesday.
More than 200 participants joined the AFC Anti-Doping Webinar 2021 that gave an overview of the worldwide anti-doping framework in football while participants were also briefed on substances which are prohibited and often abused in Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) commitment to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all its stakeholders by upholding the highest health protocol standards was further underlined after the AFC Medical Committee agreed at its meeting on Tuesday to form the AFC COVID-19 Advisory Expert Group.
Epidemiological and Public Health Experts will be tasked to provide the AFC with expert advice on the current pandemic and establish recommendations and guidance in the management and prevention of the infection.
Leading the discussions at its third meeting, Chairperson Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan Singh said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been the toughest crisis in modern history, and it is crucial that we continue to support our Member Associations and provide important professional advice to the AFC.
“Through the AFC COVID-19 Advisory Expert Group, the AFC will not only ensure our competitions continue to implement the highest medical protocols, providing greater clarity and offer advice as well as assistance during these unprecedented times.”
AFC Champions League (East) and Final record zero positive cases
Doha: The overwhelming success of the expert planning, comprehensive testing and medical protocols put in place for the AFC Champions League (East) and Final held in Doha, Qatar ensured the health protection of all players, match officials and stakeholders.
Working in close co-operation with the Qatar Football Association (QFA), the Qatari Authorities, especially the medical teams, and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted 12,139 tests between November 9 and December 19, 2020 and no positive tests were recorded among those in the bio-secure bubble.
First women Medical Officers appointed in AFC men’s club competition
Doha: Dr. Zohreh Haratian and Dr. Bahar Hassanmirzaei from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Janis Ann Figueroa Espino-De Vera from the Philippines and Dr. Liesel Geertsema from New Zealand have joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) history books by becoming the first women Medical Officers to be appointed in an AFC men’s club competition.
The quartet are among nine Medical Officers including Doping Control Officers working behind the scenes to ensure the safety of players and officials at the AFC Champions League (East) in Doha, Qatar.
Aspetar recognised as AFC Medical Centre of Excellence
Doha: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) commitment towards ensuring world-class healthcare to the Continent’s teams and players was further underlined with the recognition of Aspetar, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar as part of the AFC’s Medical Centre of Excellence network in a virtual ceremony held today.
Aspetar will now be part of the network of established medical centres under the AFC Medical Centre of Excellence which was launched in 2018 to provide better healthcare for the Continent’s footballers by recognising medical centres in Asia which demonstrate leadership in clinical research and education expertise as well as injury-prevention and management measures.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The AFC’s Vision and Mission has set out our objectives to ensure the success of our teams, players and officials and sports medicine plays an important role in this journey.
Aspetar host latest AFC President's Travelling Fellow for Football Medicine
Doha: The latest group of participants in the AFC President’s Travelling Fellow for Football Medicine had the opportunity to interact and engage with medical practitioners at the award-winning Aspetar Medical Center.
Dr. Peechalerm Pisanusan of Thailand, Dr. Yosif Husain of Kuwait, Joanna Ammar of Lebanon and Chhador Zangmo of Bhutan were the latest participants to join the one-week programme aimed at enhancing their knowledge and expertise in sports medicine.
AFC Medical Officers and FIFA Doping Control Officers course ends on a high note
Colombo: AFC Medical Officers and FIFA Doping Control Officers benefited from an informative four-day course in Sri Lanka where key speakers imparted valuable updates on the best and latest practices in sports medicine and anti-doping procedures.
A total of 58 participants from 22 Member Associations gathered for the course which was held in the South Asian nation for the first time with medical practitioners using the platform to exchange ideas and obtain insights from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA speakers.