GMADC Zooming in to complete WADA compliances

Monday, July 14, 2020 – Zoom portal

The GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission initiated their World Anti-Doping Agency compliances with the assistance of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization. ORADO confers that GMADC is the first organization in the region to initiate the process.

GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission Chairperson Dr. Luis Cruz, M.D. and Lead Doping Control Officer Joey Miranda III confer with Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization Executive Director Natanya Ulia-Potoi and Fatafehi Daunivuka through Zoom conference on the compliance requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The NADO Anti-Doping Code is scheduled to take effect on January 31, 2021. Guam National Olympic Committee has developed and approved their compliance code through the assistance of WADA and ORADO and are responsible for:

  • adopting and implementing anti-doping rules;
  • promoting and implementing anti-doping education;
  • directing collection of samples;
  • conducting investigations;
  • managing test results; and
  • conducting hearings at the national level.

To be compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) must undertake three steps: 

  1. Code acceptance: The NADO agrees to the tenets of the Code;
  2. Implementation: The NADO amends its rules and policies to include the Code’s mandatory articles and principles;
  3. Enforcement: The NADO has amended its rules and policies and is enforcing them in accordance with the Code.

Information is available on the WADA website at

OSEP participants tackle funding and strategic planning

Monday, July 13, 2020 – Zoom application

RME Miranda opened the week 3 course with a review of the previous week’s activities as the participants shared their amended articles on the inclusion of the NF’s Athletes Commission, WADA compliance, NF Election every four years, Women and Sport Commission, Safe Sport and Eligibility of Athletes to represent NF in a GNOC recognized event.  He provided a rundown of the day’s activities which included Module 3 Marketing and Public Relations and Module 7 Planning for Development.

ME Tara Tydingco delivered module 3 through a pre-recorded power point presentation discussing stakeholders, marketing and fundraising protocols.  Thereafter, the participants broke into their group rooms to discuss all three subjects as it pertains to their National Federation or Commission.  Each NF populated their list of stakeholders and fundraising activities and where provided asked to complete their marketing SWOT analysis for the next session.

ME Melanie Torre provided a descriptive narrative on Module 7 based on planning and strategic timelines for the quadrennial 2021 to 2024.  After her presentation, the group went into the second round of breakout sessions and discussed their strategies on meeting their desired objective or goals on fundraising events.

The evening’s session ended with a discussion of the whole as each mentor provided feedback on their group sessions.  Miranda then provided a glimpse on week 4 activities including Module 5 event and facility management as well as the Readiness assessment tool.  He also went over the assigned work due next Monday.

Governance and Financial management discussed during week 2 course

Monday, July 6, 2020 – Zoom on-line

RME Joey Miranda III opened the second day of the GNOC OSEP MISO on-line course and workshop providing a summary on day 1 activities for Sport in the Pacific and effective meetings.  He reminded all attendees to submit their documents no later than Wednesday, July 8. Thereafter, he provided a course outline on the topics of National Federation Governance and Financial Management.

Tara Tydingco covered Federation Governance, OSEP Module 6 specifically focusing on updating the statutes with the mandates of the IOC and GNOC such as the NF Athletes Commission representation, WADA compliance, four-year term, Women and Sport, and Safe Sport.  The presentation was followed up with a breakout session where each group discussed their current federation’s status on updating their constitution, charter and by-laws and ensuring responsibilities are met by the mandated timeframe of July 31, 2020.

Melanie Torre discussed the topic of Financial Management in relation to Module 4.  The key take-away from the module was to have each NF produce a four-year budget for the upcoming quadrennial.  This would enable all federations to prepare for upcoming local and international competitions in an ample amount of time.  The group discussions evolved on sharing best practices in financial planning, fundraising, stakeholders, marketing and working through the new norm. The session ended with Miranda asking all federation representatives to work together to collaborate on other avenues of raising funds for our athletes.

Miranda invited President Ricardo Blas to say a few words of which he thanked the attendees for their participation and looked forward to a more meaningful and fruitful quadrennial ahead.  Miranda summarized the day’s activities alongside Tydingco and Torre and provided an insight to the topics of discussion for next Monday which includes Marketing and Public Relations as well as Planning for Development. 

GNOC hosts first on-line OSEP MISO course

Participants of the first Zoom on-line GNOC OSEP MISO Course

Monday, June 29, 2020 – Zoom virtual platform

The course was facilitated by OSEP Regional Master Educator Joey Miranda III and assisted by Master Educators Tara Tydingco and Melanie Torre.  Miranda opened the course, thanking the participants for their attendance, in the first of five weekly collaborations.  He acknowledged the challenges all federations currently face with the COVID-19 pandemic and asked them to be steadfast as we work together in building the Team Guam sports culture.  Thereafter, he provided the course outline, competencies, and eventual outcomes.

The first virtual Oceania Sport Education Program Management of International Sports Organizations course was hosted on Monday, June 29, 2020 on the Zoom on-line platform by the Guam National Olympic Committee OSEP Master Educators.  Nine National Federations and the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission were represented during the initial MISO course.

Module 2 presentation by RME Joey Miranda III

Like many virtually hosted events, glitches were expected, and adjustments were made.  The ninety-minute course and workshop touched on Olympic Solidarity’s Administrative Course as well as MISO Modules one and two.  Pre-recorded, closed-captioned video modules were shared by ME Dr. Michael Rabago and Miranda.  Dr. Rabago presented on the Introduction of Sports in the Pacific while Miranda covered effective meetings.

After each module presentation, the Master Educators and participants broke out into zoom rooms to discuss each topic and reflect on their strategies for the upcoming quadrennial, 2021 to 2024.  Groups discussed their National Federation’s status, preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021, improvements to their structure, procedures, and preparation in hosting their Annual General Membership meeting, as well as updating their NF Charter, or Constitution and By-Laws.

Breakout session with Group 3

After the breakout session, Oceania National Olympic Committee Secretary-General and GNOC President Ricardo Blas, joined the group providing an insight to the role that OSEP plays in the region and the importance of the MISO course as he touched up on the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Masters in Sport Organizations Management (MEMOS) program.

The Master Educators presented a summary of their group’s perspective emerging from the breakout session.  Thereafter, Tydingco provided a brief on the Governance module while Torre discussed the expectation for next week’s topic on Financial management.

Miranda closed the session wrapping up the day’s activities and provided course assignments including providing templates for their upcoming AGM, list of certified coaches and officials and current organizational structure. The next virtual session will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 via the zoom on-line application at 5:30 p.m. Guam time.    

Athlete Awareness Program highlights risk prevention at JFK High School.

Wednesday, February 27, 2020 – Tamuning, Guam

Guam National Olympic Committee’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission continued their Athlete Awareness Program at John F. Kennedy High School on February 26, 2020. Over 80 athletes from attended the presentation highlighting prevention of injury, first aid, concussion, youth development, load management, anti-doping, hydration and nutrition.

The program continues at Southern High School, George Washington High School, Okkodo High School and Simon Sanchez High School during the months of March, April and May.

JFKHS students participate in the ACL injury prevention activity