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22 Jul 19
GLOBALYNC

Expand A patrol of Cameroonian gendarmes in the Omar Bongo Square, Buea, capital of the South-West region, on October 3, 2018 on the sidelines of a political rally. © 2018 Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images (Nairobi) – Cameroonian security forces have killed at least four civilians and raped one woman since mid-June 2019 during security operations in […]

22 Jul 19
Metro
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a professional cyclist myself. Unfortunately my cycling skills were very limited, but as a doping control officer I am in the middle of the biggest events of the sport I love. The Tour de France opportunity came about when I was a commissaire for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling. Commissaires are officials or ‘referees’ in competitive cycling – they ensure riders and teams comply with regulations, check the bikes and if required, issue fines and sanctions, as well as announce the race results and manage the overall classification for events. When UCI decided to separate the role of doping control officer from commissaire, they asked me to help out and I’ve always loved the function, so I did. As I used to compete in the sport myself when I was a teenager, heading up a new department was new and exciting. I’ve now been a doping control officer for nearly two decades and consider myself very lucky. We all want a healthy sport and a level playing field (Picture: JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images) Why is doping testing so important in sport? We all want a healthy sport and a level playing field. It’s important to maintain a fair game and think about the clean athletes who are being cheated. There have been some dark times during my job particularly when doping was deeply rooted in the sport. It took time, resources and actions to have athletes and teams to adapt. Riders cooperated a lot in this change of culture and we were at the forefront of the anti-doping fight. I would say that 99 per cent of my tests have been a pleasure to carry out though. Athletes are nice and understand the difficulties of our job. From a personal point of view, the relationship we keep with them is always friendly, but both of us know the limit of it. We can have nice talks about cycling, but both the athletes and ourselves know that our function is very serious and it would be no good to have a closer relationship. I feel proud when some of the athletes I’ve tested after a long and hard race come over to say hello and chat about the sport that we love. What kind of events have you been a doping control officer at? Mostly cycling events, including three Grands Tours, as well as many UCI World Championships in track, road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross. However, I’ve also worked in swimming, basketball, tennis, athletics and even bodybuilding championships! If you want to be a doping control officer, you need to have a lot of passion for the sport (Picture: AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari, File) What’s been the wow moment of your career? It’s hard to say. I have really appreciated every single test I have done, with its ups and downs. However, there was one day when a very famous cyclist had won a major race, and the crowd was outside our doping control station waiting for him. The rider came up to us after the podium ceremony, did the test immediately, and to my surprise asked if he could stay with us for an hour. I asked why the most sought-after guy on earth at that time would want to stay with us at our doping control caravan, instead of celebrating his victory. His reply was that he didn’t want to be used by his country politicians, as it was election time there and he was sure that in one hour all of them would get tired of waiting for a picture with him and leave. He was our last test and hung out with us for more than one hour, chatting about family, sport and life. What about funny moments? I recall one athlete who was in a hurry after a race, as he had a flight to catch at a nearby airport. He went to the toilet, urinated and when he was filling the bottles with his urine, he spilled them and the urine was lost – as was his flight! Another time, a rider couldn’t pee and we were inside the doping control caravan for four hours after the finish in Switzerland. The race was so well-organised that when we were done and went outside, we were the only ones in the street. Everything – the barriers, trucks, all kind of facilities – had been cleaned up and you couldn’t even tell that there had been a race there! How does the doping test process for Tour de France work? It’s a complex process, but to keep it brief: we are three doping controllers from CADF who make shifts of two every day at the finish line, where we test at least eight riders per day for urine and blood. In addition, many days we perform tests outside the finish line, both in the morning and evening at the riders’ hotels. With us we have three certified blood collection officers from the AFLD, the French anti-doping organisation, three drivers from the Amaury Sport Organisation (organisers of the event) and eight chaperones who help us look after the riders. We are a small family with a great relationship, travelling up and down France for almost a month. [metro-tag-post-strip] What qualifications do you need to become a doping tester and how long does it take to get them? On a general basis, you have to undergo training by the collection agency you work for. In Europe, that would be the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI to define and carry out the strategy of anti-doping controls and investigations for the sport. You also have to renew your credentials every two years as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations. You do not need to have studied anything in particular or have a diploma to become a doping control officer, but medical knowledge is more than welcomed. In order to witness the urine sampling or to perform a blood test, you have to, at the very least, be a phlebotomist (someone who is medically trained to draw blood). Also, doping control officers chosen for top level events are people who already have an experience in anti-doping tests, such as those who work for national anti-doping organisations or for a testing service provider. Do you have any advice for aspiring doping control officer? If you want to be a doping control officer, you need to have a lot of passion for the sport. Some missions would never be carried out without real dedication for cycling, and money won’t pay for some of the hard days or challenging times. Sometimes you also have to cope with difficult situations from a logistical or human point of view. When you’re starting out, do some research on the governing body in your country and see what their requirements are. [metro-fact-box title=”How to become a…” colour=”blue” icon=”exclamation”] In Metro.co.uk’s new series, we’ll be hearing from people who have the most coveted sports jobs about how they got there, their advice for others and what happens at the centre of the world’s biggest sporting moments.[/metro-fact-box] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/24/how-to-become-a-stadium-announcer-9393966/” title=”How to become a…stadium announcer”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/17/how-to-become-a-var-referee-9426347/” title=”How to become a…video assistant referee”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/01/how-to-become-a-football-agent-9836160/” title=”How to become a…football agent”]
22 Jul 19
davidkent

The sustainable supply chain is one of this decade’s biggest business necessities. Today’s consumer is socially conscious. They maintain compost bins, carry their re-usable bags to the shops and are much more aware of how and where the goods they are purchasing come from. Government regulations have been put in place to reflect this demand. […]

22 Jul 19
News Directory

Have you still completed the details of your “Boris Johnson Entry 10 Downing Street” drinking game? I hate you speeding, but less than 48 hours before the formal announcement, and the week ahead is last week in peace history to try to survive by shober. For any stigma that has not yet compiled the rules, […]

22 Jul 19
Ramblings of a Charlotte Chef

I believe in setting benchmarks for oneself. Without personal goals, you become complacent, mentally and spiritually soft. I have found it true through experience that if you don’t set real goals for yourself, you will fail to achieve what you want to do. As a husband and father, I of course have all kinds of […]

22 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

Photo: RCMP The police are looking for Bryer Schmegelsky, on the left, and Kam McLeod after their truck was found burned. Photo: RCMP The truck the two boys were driving. The police are looking for two teenagers after a body was discovered Friday in northern B.C., south of Dease Lake. The body was discovered by […]

22 Jul 19
AK Fire Info

There are 143 firefighters staffing four fires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Crews remain in place to defend the Donlin Mine, the Nixon Mine, the community of Red Devil, and cabins along the Kuskokwim River. One new fire was reported smoldering in a limited protection area on Friday. Forty-one firefighters are being demobilized in the coming […]

22 Jul 19
It Is What It Is

Hey everyone, It’s been a little while! I have a lot to say about recent events, so get ready for a lot of thoughts…

22 Jul 19
My smart Home 7649

rental properties in cyprus paphos Cyprus property for sale in Larnaca is well-liked and there are many things for that, an important a single is that people today looking for prices of affordable flight only to Larnaca Cyprus are pleased to locate that they are coming down all the time. The comfortable and functional living […]

22 Jul 19
Personal Injury Lawyer Charlotte North Carolina

The ability and understanding of which party to sue usually depends on the specific condition of the wreck, injury and whether the truck driver works for the trucking company or is an independent contractor. Knowing these different factors often requires a lawyer service so that the claim is legitimate and has greater strength when pursuing […]

22 Jul 19
Jinan Zhonglian International Trading Co.,Ltd

Trucks are inherently high-decibel machines. Does it make sense to use active noise reduction to boost NVH? Domestic trucks have always been weak in NVH control, when the letters NVH represent Noise, Vibration and Harshness. Truck Cab Parts Manufacturer says these three determines the comfort of the vehicle driving, to enhance the harshness (NVH) of vehicles […]

22 Jul 19
Linda and Pierre on the Move

It has been sticky hot these past few days for us preparing to head out. We have the army run once again in September so it’s probably a good thing to start running once more. Even when it’s too hot to run. Once the run was over we gathered all our stuff ready to pack. […]

22 Jul 19
Bruce's Blog

Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Now In Production By: Eric Loveday Body panels are now being stamped. Rivian has just announced that production of some parts for its R1T electric pickup truck is now underway. It seems Rivian will beat Tesla in launching an electric truck. These parts are almost surely for pre-production prototypes. Those trucks will be utilized for extensive testing […]

21 Jul 19
Unremarkable Miracles

” I climbed back over the big rocks and started on my way back to my truck and Shawna spoke up. “Cody was born with Spina Bifida…and he is our only child…my husband and me.” I had heard of Spina Bifida but wasn’t exactly sure what it meant as far as treatment and/or healing of the condition. She saw my mind was going through the mental process of trying to formulate questions when she generously offered, “ Do you know what that is?”

21 Jul 19
Gojira's Wife

A Survivor Is Born? At the outset of Tomb Raider, a fresh-faced Lara Croft muses on the journey players are about to take. “I’d finally set out to make my mark, to find adventure,” she reminisces. “But instead, adventure found me.” This opening epitaph not only serves to set the tone for the game, but […]