AFC leads on sports medicine with new conference dates, courses and anti-doping regime

July 7 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Medical Committee has appointed Malaysia as the host for its 8thmedical conference to be held in 2025, July 21 to 25.

The 7th edition was held in Qatar early this year and had more than 600 delegates who were given a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements in sports science and medicine.

The AFC’s medical committee, at its first meeting for the 2023 to 2027 term, approved membership to the various AFC Advisory Expert Groups as well as the specific guidelines and terms of reference to ensure the respective panels continue to serve the aims and objectives of the AFC as well as football development in particular.

The Medical Committee also approved research projects both in mental health and gender eligibility in football.
The AFC said it will be the first Confederation to conduct the FIFA Advanced Emergency Football Medicine Course from October 24-25, 2023. The medical committee also approved various educational courses (2023-24).

On the subject of doping the committee noted that Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing will be conducted for the first time at the AFC’s flagship Asian Cup Qatar 2023 competition.

“Both blood and urine tests shall be conducted both in and out-of-competition during the upcoming edition of Asia’s crown jewel, reiterating the AFC’s commitment to leave no stone unturned in keeping Asian football clean of doping,” said the AFC.

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