ADLQ – The Start Up
The State of Qatar is, and has always been a country dedicated to sport and sport tourism. This has been of a particular importance to achieving the ultimate objectives of the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030. Therefore, Qatar has actively and successfully hosted many international sporting competitions starting with the Asian Games back in 2006, FINA World swimming championships in 2014 and the 2015 World men’s handball championship. More exciting sporting events are coming up like the 2019 IAAF World Championships, and the very much anticipated FIFIA 2022 World Cup.
With all these sporting activities and more going on, it has been observed that the West Asian countries lacked an Anti-Doping laboratory. Therefore, on the 4th of December 2007, the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made an unprecedented declaration to fight Doping in sport and supported Qatar to establish an internationally accredited Anti-Doping laboratory in the GCC and West Asia. His Highness, The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Heir Apparent at the time, took a personal interest in this matter. His Excellency Dr Mohammed Ghanim Al Maadheed was appointed as the Director General, leading the project and now serving as the Chairman of the Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar (ADLQ) Board of Trustees, still supporting and guiding the journey of ADLQ to obtaining World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Accreditation. Dr Mohammed Al Sayrafi was appointed as the project manager and now is the General Manager.
In February 2008, a proposal was made to WADA, which supported the project fully as a West Asia laboratory. The WADA accredited Barcelona laboratory was chosen as a chaperone laboratory where their team have been most instrumental. From there the project progressed smoothly and efficiently.
In December 2012, the ADLQ building was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
ADLQ needed to be a separate governing structure from Qatar’s sporting agencies and with the effort to uphold the Olympic ideal of fair play the following steps were taken:
• ADLQ as an independent entity reporting directly to The Emir of the State of Qatar
• Appointment of an international Board of Trustees
ADLQ has achieved the full WADA accreditation in August 2015. ADLQ is also compliant with ISO/IEC17025, and has already achieved accreditation for the tests of Athletes Biological Passport (ABP), effective from the 10th of February, 2014.