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21 September 2012
Anaheim, USA, September 20, 2012 – FIVB Medical Commission President Roald Bahr concentrated on how to maintain volleyball as a clean sport in his presentation to the 2012 World Congress at Anaheim, USA on Thursday.
He described the Anti- Doping Code which was revised by the commission in 2008 and how the FIVB worked actively with the other major team sports federations to ensure that the new code was adapted to the needs of volleyball.
He also mentioned that the WADA board declared the FIVB to be fully code-compliant. The FIVB anti- doping programme includes routine in-competition doping control at all FIVB and continental competitions, programmes for collecting whereabouts information, year-round out-of-competition testing in the registered testing pools for volleyball and beach volleyball. This had required significant human and financial investments fulfilled by the FIVB.
He highlighted the referee health checks during the competitions and the procedures to be taken where the examination reveals inappropriate results.
Bahr presented also the FIVB Volleyball Medicine Congress 2011 in Bled, Slovenia in collaboration with the Slovenian Volleyball Federation and the decision taken to organize this congress every three years.
Finally he featured the heat stress monitoring programme that started in Beach volleyball with the World Championships in Stavanger in 2009. The programme collects data on heat conditions during all events on the World Tour as well as any heat-related medical forfeits during the competition.