The 18th ASEAN University Games (AUG) Organising Committee signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SEARADO) on 22 February 2016 (Monday), marking the first step by the AUG Organising Committee towards promoting the true spirit and right values of sports to college-level athletes in ASEAN.
The MOU was signed by Chairman of the 18th AUG Organising Committee, Dr Tan Eng Liang and SEARADO Chairman Dr Patrick Goh at Singapore Management University, witnessed by representatives of the six member universities of the Singapore University Sports Council (SUSC).
The two organisations signed the MOU to work together on two important areas of anti-doping for the 18th AUG; Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and Results Management (RM).
A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is permission to use a prohibited substance in sport for medical reasons. Under the MOU, the 18th AUG Organising Committee and SEARADO will establish and execute the smooth running of TUE and RM processes for the 18th AUG.
In essence, the agreement is part of a broader vision by ASEAN member states to encourage a culture of clean sports in the ASEAN region, starting with awareness building and values education at inter-university and inter-schools competitions.
“The AUG has always been about developing our younger athletes, not just in pursuing excellence in the chosen sports but also in personifying the spirit of the Games which includes values such as integrity, sportsmanship, respect, humility and fairness. This is the reason why we are signing a MOU with SEARADO today. This partnership will ensure that we instill the right values in our athletes not just in sports but in life,” said Dr Tan Eng Liang.
Dr Tan also emphasised need to inculcate the value of hard work in getting ahead in sports as opposed taking illegal short cuts. “It is our responsibility to educate our students so that they will do the right thing in any given situation,” he added.
As part of the agreement, SEARADO will be conducting a series of educational workshops during the AUG for the participating athletes to gain more awareness about anti-doping regulations.
SEARADO Chairman Dr Patrick Goh said: “SEARADO’s mission is to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sports in South East Asia. This MOU provide the framework for SEARADO to assist the AUG Organising Committee in ensuring that the Asean University Games’ anti-doping programme and practices are consistent with standards contained in the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards. We are extremely pleased that the AUSC is committed to clean sport, and is willing to put its resources into protecting clean athletes.”
This is the third time Singapore is hosting the AUG since its inception in 1981. The biennial Games is held on a rotational basis by the universities of the member countries of ASEAN.
The 18th AUG will be held in Singapore from 10th to 19th July 2016, where some 1,600 student athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations will compete for top honours in 16 sports, namely: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Canoeing, Fencing, Football, Pencak Silat, Pentanque, Rugby, Sepak Takraw, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Waterpolo. These sporting events will be held at various venues around Singapore.
Besides competing in sporting events, participants will get to interact and foster cross-cultural friendships through a uniquely Singapore experience with educational heritage and cultural trails, visits to major local attractions and exciting activities at the AUG Game Village, which will be housed at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).