A total of 68 participants gathered at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City in Taguig City for the AFC Football Emergency Medicine and Anti-Doping Regional Course for East Asia and the ASEAN region hosted by the Philippine Football Federation.
The course, which will run from 31 October until 3 November 2017, will provide the participants the proper expertise and wisdom in the latest developments in football emergency medicine and anti-doping.
PFF president, FIFA Council Member and AFC Executive Committee Member Mariano V. Araneta hailed the hosting of the course.
“It is with great pride that the Philippine Football Federation is hosting this AFC Football Emergency Medical and Anti-Doping Regional Course here in Manila,” said Araneta. “Football medicine has come a long way and its continuous influence in the beautiful game will ensure that all stakeholders are provided the proper knowledge in the medical aspect of the sport.”
The course is headed by AFC Medical Committee Chairman Dato Dr. Gurcharan Singh and the recently appointed FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Tournament Medical Officer Prof. Efraim Kramer.
“The aim of the course is to ensure that doctors who are charged in taking care of players, are trained in the correct administration,” said Singh. “As well as to standardised medical care as per international standards and the practice of evidence-based football medicine.”
PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes commended the AFC for conducting the workshop in the Philippines.
“We thank the Asian Football Confederation in choosing the Philippines as host for this workshop,” said Gastanes. “This is an excellent opportunity for our participating doctors and medical persons to learn from our esteemed faculty and to widen their knowledge in the ever-changing landscape of football medicine.”