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Protection of volleyball’s status as a clean sport tops European Medical Commission agenda

EMC President Dr. Manfred Holzgraefe and his colleagues had their annual meeting earlier this week at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg
Luxembourg, February 5, 2016 - The annual meeting of the European Medical Commission (EMC) chaired by Prof Dr Manfred Holzgraefe took place on Friday at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg City. It was the first opportunity for President Holzgraefe and EMC Secretary Dr. Zoran Nikolovski to meet with all the commission members following last year’s CEV General Assembly and the elections held in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia.

As a result, the EMC President took some time to introduce to the new colleagues a number of procedures already in place when it comes to the work of the EMC and to the organisation and supervision of doping controls carried out at volleyball and beach volleyball competitions placed under the CEV umbrella.

Dr. Holzgraefe then gave a detailed report on the work carried out by the FIVB Medical Commission as well as on future plans for development in order to promote a clean sport.

Specifically regarding doping controls, he informed his colleagues that in order to follow the latest WADA guidelines and to further extend the fight against doping, blood samples are now also being collected and tested next to the urine samples which have been delivered for a number of years already.

On top of this, the collection of all information is being transitioned to an electronic system which sees the NADOs representatives recording test data on tablets during competitions and sent straight to WADA through their ADAMS database, thereby easing up the processing and management of all information relating to doping controls.

Following last year’s elections and some changes in its composition, the EMC has also revised the procedure previously in place for the review of applications submitted by medical personnel (physiotherapists and team doctors) leading to the eventual provision of a CEV authorisation allowing these officials to sit on the bench during matches and to assist their respective players to the best of their abilities.

The European Medical Commission will continue to work intensively in order to safeguard the image of volleyball and beach volleyball as clean sports and will further monitor the physical and psychological condition of all match officials, thereby making sure they are up to the demanding tasks they are required to fulfil.


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