When Fatafehi Daunivuka (Fiji) begins his assignment as International Doping Control Officer (IDCO) at the Tokyo 2020 Doping Control Command Centre (DCCC) at the Paralympics this month, he will have achieved several firsts critical to Clean Sport in Oceania.
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He is the first International Doping Control Officer (IDCO) from Oceania to serve at a Paralympic Games and the first to also serve in the Doping Control Command Centre.
While these are milestones for Daunivuka on a personal level, it is also testament to the work of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) and its legacy of work in Pacific Island countries.
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Daunivuka said that, “With both roles, I will be subject to an eight hour shift [and the schedule] will be accessed on the Tokyo2020 Testing Team sharepoint via smartphone and tablets only.”
He added that, “As Doping Control Command Centre staff, I’ll be responsible for two things. The first to create or access and populate data and close Out-Of-Competition (OOCT) and In-Competition (ICT) Test mission orders on the Mobile Doping Control (MODOC) Paperless System.
“The second is to provide back office support to the Doping Control Officer [DCO] and Doping Control Station Manager [DCS-M] at Testing Venues should they face OOCT and ICT issues.”
Daunivuka shared, “As an IDCO, we implement mission orders at identified Doping Control Stations to process [administratively] an athlete’s urine, blood or both sample collection process prior to handover to Doping Control Station Manager who then completed Chain of Custody (COC) and Doping Control Officer Report (DCOR) forms].”
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Given the rarity of the assignment and the privilege of it being at Olympic level, Daunivuka has a set of specific things he wishes to observe and learn from with the interest of applying it in the Oceania content.
Daunivuka listed three things he wishes to purposefully observe and learn while on assignment.
He said, “Foremost, I want to learn more on Major Event Organiser Anti-Doping Rules which determines the sample collection procedures throughout the duration of the testing program to ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code 2021.
“Where applicable, anti-doping rules can be customised to ensure for future Pacific Mini and Pacifc Games Doping Control programmes in our region.”
He said, “Second, there is the implementation of modified doping control procedures for athletes with impairments.
“After undergoing pre-Tokyo 2020 Paralympics training, athletes with impairments are to provide their own equipment and DCO is to ensure that is compliant with WADC 2021 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Anti-Doping Rules.”
The third specific item he intends to focus on is the “Implementing Tokyo 2020 Playbook for Workforce which enforces COVID 19 testing protocols, together with International Sporting Federations (IFs) and Anti-Doping Organisations (ADO) COVID-19 protocol, the practicality of Personal Protection Equipment where masking is mandatory.”
Daunivuka shared that with the above three, “Oceania can be assured with ongoing knowledge sharing and virtual webinar series, Doping Control Programmes hosted within NADOs (excluding Australia and New Zealand), more International Federation (IF) and World Championships will be hosted here in Oceania due to competent Doping Control personnel and compliant MEO Anti-Doping Policy”.
Daunivuka says that while the lessons are gleaned from the Tokyo Paralympics, there is room for application in any context within Oceania.
He covers the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September.
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