“ARM-NADO” SNCO was established by the Government of Armenia with the 2020 July 9 N1156 decision as the legal successor of the “Republican Center for Sports Medicine and Anti-Doping Service”. The Agency is obliged to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and to fulfill its obligations provided by the Code. The agency is independent of state and non-governmental organizations when making its practical decisions. The Agency has developed and published the Anti-Doping Rules of Armenia, which were approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on October 26, 2020. The primary subject of the Agency’s activity is to provide education and training to athletes, coaches, sports doctors, for the implementation of which the Agency was awarded 11 grants by the WADA, UNESCO and the IOC in 2011-2022. The Agency annually carries out about 150 in-competition and out-of competition doping tests of national level athletes, as well as doping tests of Armenian and foreign athletes of international level. During the last 10 years, the Agency’s doping officers, 4 of whom are qualified as international doping control officers (IDCO), have worked in 6 major world and European championships.
Areg Hovhannisyan was leading the Eastern European Anti-Doping Organization for 2 years. He was one of the founders and the first members of WADA’s Education Committee.
In 2016, Areg Hovhannisyan increased the effectiveness of national anti-doping education programs in cooperation with international federations.
Angela Sahakyan has conducted more than 100 doping tests at the Winter Olympics and the European Olympic Games.
In 2021, four doping control officers of ARM-NADO Angela Sahakyan, Gohar Sahakyan, Sofya Ayvazyan, Davit Mosinyan passed the examination conducted by the International Testing Agency (ITA) and were qualified as international doping control officers (IDCO).
Karen Stepanyan was appointed as a member of the anti-doping education team by the committee headed by the director of WADA. He participated in the Youth Olympic Games in 2012.
In 2021, developed the administrative procedures of the National Anti-Doping Agency of Armenia to strengthen the fight against banned substances and methods in sports.
In 2014, he organized an anti-doping education and awareness program for international and national sports events.
The Olympic Games Committee conducted a strict examination, in which more than 1000 doping officers took part; as a result of the competition, Angela Sahakyan was included in the international team of doping officers.