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ORADO Rep happy with Tonga National Anti-Doping process

Tongan athletes are also part of the anti doping process set up

Nuku’alofa – March 9, 2019: 10am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), which is currently established under a default membership by the Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) and Government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Sports, has been praised for the work they have done so far.

TASANOC Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau said Fatafehi Daunivuka, a representative and Anti-Doping Officer from the Oceania Regional AntiDoping Organization (ORADO) from the Suva office, was in Tonga last week and praised the work that has been done here.

Daunivuka met with members of Tonga NADO, in particular the Ministry of Sports and TASANOC as well as Doping Control Officers (DCO’s).

Takitoa said one of the issue discussed was the membership of Tonga at ORADO as well as funding stream that Tonga NADO could tap into through the UNESCO convention program to assist with its local activities.

Daunivuka was also updated on Tonga’s operations and activities which are imperative with the Pacific Games and other regional and international events coming up.

“AntiDoping is now a critical part of any sporting event and competition, and it is very important that athletes and officials know the “Do’s” and the “Don’ts” but also the prohibited substance that may land an athlete on the wrong side of the anti-doping program,” Takitoa said.

Daunivuka was happy with the arrangement and reconfirmation of both TASANOC and Government (through MIA) support of the program.

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