Sports Medicine Committee forms hospital assessment team to prepare medical tests for athletes
31 May 2019 – UAE National Olympic Committee Media Center
The Sports Medicine Committee of the National Olympic Committee held a regular meeting last Thursday at the premises of the NOC. The meeting discussed an array of topics, including identifying the medical issues and coordination with the proposed medical bodies. It tasked a follow-up team to coordinate with the concerned bodies and the general secretariat of the NOC.
The meeting was chaired by HE Dr. Hashil Al-Tunaiji, Chairman of the Committee, in the presence of Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director of the NOC, and Dr. Abdulla Al-Rahoomi, Vice-Chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee. Members in attendance were Dr Farhat Fadloon, Dr. Murat Dalkling, Dr. Ramzy Ross and Kamel Abdullah, Rapporteur of the Sports Medicine Committee.
HE Dr. Hashel Al-Tunaiji welcomed attendees and stressed the importance of improving the medical services provided to athletes in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Protection or other health authorities in the UAE.
The meeting appointed a team to assess government and semi-governmental hospitals for conducting the required tests for athletes. It also reviewed preparations for Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the General Secretariat as regards communications and logistics. The team includes Dr. Abdulla Al-Rahoomi, Dr. Mohammed Ali Al-Swaini, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Baroon.
Dr. Ramzy Ross and Dr. Murat Dalkling were assigned to communicate with the medical staff registered in the database of the Medical Committee. They were directed to listen to their views and develop a medical and career training plan for the medical staffs accompanying the Olympic teams at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Dr. Abdulla Al-Rahoomi has set up an online portal for entering all information of athletes who will undergo tests in the selected hospitals, which will enter the test results onto the portal instead of the manual approach. Each athlete will be issued with an approved number associated with all the required periodic tests.
Dr Abdulla Al-Rahoomi proposed to upload all educational materials of sports medicine onto this portal, which will serve all participating athletes. It will also include medical tests for athletes throughout the year, whether taking or not taking part in overseas events along with deadlines for conducting the periodic test, after meeting with all Olympic federations to screen the existing medical tests to be added to the plan.
“The efforts of the sports medicine committee aim to establish a database for all athletes in the UAE and endorse regular medical tests, and at the same time, examine the existing procedures with the sports federations. The Committee seeks to bring athletes to the professional medical norms, and deliver medical services at the required standards. The process will help our athletes to carry out their role in the best possible way and represent the nation in all events. It will focus on educating players on the latest medical, health and scientific developments in the Olympic field, which will facilitate the business of the medical committee,” said Dr Al Tunaiji.
He thanked the efforts, views and suggestions of Committee members as regards the medical aspects of athletes. “With the start of dealing with hospitals, we will embark on the practical business. We will follow-up the progress, make field visits and publish results which will reveal all details. Therefore, we have to make concerted efforts with the concerned medical bodies in the UAE to come up with procedures and solutions in the interest of the sport in the UAE,” he added.