By Emily Goddard

The Omani Anti-Doping Committee held its meeting at the Oman Olympic Committee headquarters ©OCAThe Omani Anti-Doping Committee has unveiled a series of plans aimed at combating the use of banned drugs among the nation's athletes.

In a meeting, held at the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) headquarters, the body confirmed that it will re-formulate the Omani Anti-Doping Regulation in line with the Final 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and related International Standards, which were adopted at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in the South African city of Johannesburg last November.

These regulations are due to come into effect on January 1 next year.

All of the nation's sports associations and committees must also be compliant with the international anti-doping regulations, with the Omani Anti-Doping Committee providing regular training for staff, as well as a workshop on the sidelines next year's Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Yemen Regional Anti-Doping Organisation meeting in Muscat.

In addition, there are plans to conduct anti-doping tests within Oman in conjunction with the OOC and national sports bodies.

Finally, education is also to play a significant role in the fight against doping, with the body expected to launch a Ministry of Education-approved book for school-aged children next year.

Among those at the meeting were OOC secretary general Taha Al Kishry and Omani Anti-Doping Committee chairman Sultan bin Yaarub Al Busaidi, as well as representatives from national sports federations.

Al Kishry highlighted the Omani Anti-Doping Committee's role in combating doping and increasing awareness, which he believes will enhance athletes' performance in international competitions.

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