LIMA 2019 UNVEILS ANTI-DOPING EQUIPMENT FOR THE GAMES

 

Lima, Peru; May 14, 2019: The Lima 2019 Organizing Committee has revealed the anti-doping equipment that will be used during the Pan American and Parapan American Games. Lima 2019 Operations Manager Alberto Valenzuela, Panam Sports Medical Commission president Bernardo Chernilo and Lima 2019 anti-doping manager Víctor Carpio took part in a presentation of Lima 2019’s anti-doping infrastructure at the new doping control station in the Videna Sports Complex athletics stadium.

 

Lima 2019 will provide a total of 32 doping control stations that comply with World Anti-Doping Agency standards at the Pan American and Parapan American Games. The stations will be located inside the Videna Sports Complex, Callao Sports Center, Miguel Grau Coliseum, Villa El Salvador Sports Center, Las Palmas Polygon and San Marcos University football stadium.

 

Lima 2019 will also deliver three types of anti-doping kit, for urine samples, blood samples and partial samples. To date, Lima 2019 has acquired 2200 urine kits, 370 blood kits and 1,000 partial sample kits, as well as 600 collection cups.

 

The first type of kit consists of two bottles (A and B), protected by a cardboard box or EPS box. Urine collected minutes before in the plastic collection cup will be placed in these boxes, made especially for doping controls. The kit will have an identification code number.

 

The second consists of two vials for sealing and transporting the sample. This kit will also have an identification code number. In addition, the blood sample will be transported to the laboratory with a chip to monitor the transportation temperature. The third type of kit will be used when the athlete provides a urine sample of less than 90 ml.

 

Lima 2019 Operations Manager Alberto Valenzuela highlighted the organizers’ efforts to establish world-class doping control stations as a lasting legacy for Peru. “The stations will be part of the legacy that Lima 2019 will leave to the country and sports in general,” said Valenzuela. “It is the first time that an event of such magnitude has been organized, and we have developed so many new controls and safeguards. There is an entire chain of custody and delivery that will guarantee that samples arrive safely at the laboratory.”

 

Panam Sports Medical Commission president Bernardo Chernilo emphasized the significance of Lima 2019’s anti-doping procedures, and the importance of the organizing committee’s efforts in the field of sports medicine. “The entire infrastructure, the experience and the personnel training will remain as a legacy. Lima 2019 is leaving a really great thing for Peru after the Games,” said Chernilo.

 

Lima 2019 anti-doping manager Victor Carpio provided details on the three-part process for selecting athletes for doping controls: “Random selection will be applied in team sports. There is another type of selection determined by results. But the World Anti-doping Agency also recommends the intelligent or targeted selection for this type of event, in which the experience of the Panam Sports Medical Commission and all the athletes’ history – from previous tests to social network posts – combine to make the controls much more efficient and not left to chance.”

 

Lima 2019’s sample collection center will be located at the Videna Sports Complex. As part of the chain of custody, samples from all competition venues will be stored and all documents will be prepared before being transferred to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, where samples will be analyzed in a maximum of 72 hours.

 

Lima 2019 also organized the Pan American Congress of Sports Medicine in Peru for the first time this weekend. Around 600 Peruvian physicians received training on the prevention and treatment of injuries in athletes and Para athletes for the Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition, a training course for 60 Peruvian Anti-Doping Officers was held to ensure the adequate collection of samples for anti-doping control tests and analysis in athletes.

 

ABOUT LIMA 2019

 

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games is the largest event in the history of Peru and will gather 6,680 athletes from 41 countries and delegations from the Americas. The Games will include 39 sports and 62 disciplines, in which athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. 23 disciplines will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

 

There will be 17 days of competitions and ceremonies, from July 26 – August 11, 2019, which will take place in 14 districts of Lima and Callao at various venues like VIDENA, Villa María Sports Center, Callao Regional Village, Villa El Salvador Sports Center, Punta Rocas, among others.

 

The Parapan American Games will set a new standard for accessibility and inclusivity in Peru and will gather 1,890 Para athletes from 33 countries, participating in 17 sports and 18 disciplines. Competitions will take place from August 23 – September 1, 2019. 14 sports will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

 

ABOUT PANAM SPORTS

 

Panam Sports (formerly known as Pan American Sports Organization – PASO) is the governing body of the Pan American Games and its structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter. Panam Sports is the leader of sports and the Olympic Movement in the Americas and encourages the sports development and supports the work of its 41 National Olympic Committees members, in order to inspire more world-class performances and the next generation of athletes across our region.

 

ABOUT IPC AND APC

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its objective is to organize the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and to act as the International Federation of nine sports, in order to supervise and coordinate the World Championships and other competitions.

 

The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) was established in August 1997 with the aim of creating a Para sport governing body for the Americas. Since 2007, the Parapan American Games are held in the same city as the Pan American Games.

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