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QC eyeing drug test for athletes, coaches, referees.

By Chito Chavez

The Quezon City Council is proposing an ordinance on the mandatory drug testing for athletes competing in sports activities in the city.

"Quezon City is a hotbed for sports competitions, and this proposal is one of the ways through which we can help make sure our athletes are not using illegal drugs," Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Belmonte acknowledged that the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and other national sports entities have already committed to rally against the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

This commitment followed an incident wherein PBA Rookie of the Year Kiefer Ravena failed a doping test conducted by FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Association) earlier this year.

Ravena unknowingly took energy supplement drinks being locally sold in the market that contained ingredients banned by the world basketball body.

"With that in mind, we know it's important for the local government to align with our national sports associations in the campaign against doping," Belmonte said.

Dubbed "Drug Resistant Sports Person",

The Quezon City ordinance requires athletes, members of the coaching staff and referees participating in professional and commercial leagues and tournaments in the city to undergo a mandatory drug test one week before the scheduled game or series of games.

Immediately after a game, random drug tests will also be done.

For a series of games within a four-month period, a participant will also be required to take additional drug tests.

Under the ordinance, athletes and officials will be tested for the presence of substances prohibited under Republic Act No. 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, as well as substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Organizers of said professional and commercial games and tournaments must then submit results of the drug tests to the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) prior to the start of the game.

Persons found positive for drug use will be prohibited from playing, coaching or officiating, and will also be required to undergo rehabilitation and render community service.

If passed into law, the proposal will also perpetually ban athletes, coaches, and referees found positive for drug use twice in a period of one year from participating in sports bouts within the territorial jurisdiction of Quezon City.

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