National Team Managers Receive Anti-Doping and First Aid Certification ahead of SOL23 Pacific Games

"The Anti-Doping awareness was based on the 11 ADRVs - Antidoping Rule Violations also referred to as “Doping” as these are the 11 definitions of doping under the WADA Code"

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01 September 2023 Apia Samoa. With the Solomon Islands 2023 (SOL23) Pacific Games just three months away, Samoa’s Team Managers attended a power week of training in the crucial areas of first aid and anti-doping.

The training was coordinated by SASNOC (Samoa’s Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee) in partnership with SMADA (Samoa Medical and Antidoping Agency). SMADA is one of the Commissions under the SASNOC mandate.

SASNOC continues to provide capacity building for its members, with this week focusing on Team Managers who will be traveling to the SOL23 Games as support personnel for Team Samoa.

The power week of training consisted of First Aid Training and Certification for the first three days, followed by one day of Antidoping Awareness sessions and culminated with Team Manager Refresher sessions.

The Anti-Doping awareness was based on the 11 ADRVs (Antidoping Rule Violations). The 11 ADRVs are also referred to as “Doping” as these are the 11 definitions of doping under the WADA Code.

Team Managers were able to discuss various scenarios and how they apply under the ADRVs.

Earlier in March this year, SASNOC held a Team Manager Course covering the Design and Planning Phase, and the Implementation and Reporting Phase.

“These are relevant information for Team Managers to understand as they prepare their teams for Pacific Games and any other games,” said SASNOC CEO and Master Educator Tuala Matthew Vaea.

“During the trainings, experienced Team Managers were able to share their experiences and how those experiences have shaped the way they manage their teams.”

18 Team Managers from 12 sports have undergone all three trainings last week and will also receive First Aid Certification from the Red Cross.

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SASNOC and SMADA will be facilitating more trainings before Team Samoa departs for Solomon Islands.

“SASNOC would like to acknowledge the support of the British High Commission office in Samoa and SMADA in their continuous support for building capacity for our National Federations and especially our Team Managers,” said SASNOC President Pauga Tala Pauga.

“We also acknowledge the support of our SMADA Chairperson Unasa Natanya Potoi as well as the SASNOC Team of Master Educators of Salā Stella Siale Vaea Tagitau, Fa’amausili Taiva Ah Young, Tuala Matthew Vaea and Sulā Tagifano So’onalole-Sam Chong for facilitating the Team Manager Refresher Course.”

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