Soufiane Choubani (born June, 1984) is an author, Moroccan/American teacher, anti-doping control officer and international debate coach who grew up in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States.[1] After graduating from Kean University, he returned to Morocco and in 2014, founded of the Moroccan National Debate Team and Morocco Debate Association. [2][3][4] He is also credited for the creation of a similar team in Tunisia.

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Professional careerEdit

In 2008, Soufiane became an internationally certified doping control offer (DCO) after training in Morocco and France. He was one of the first two Moroccans to become a DCO and during his time, he was very effective in tracking and collecting samples from athletes. He was quickly promoted to DCO Team Leader for North Africa. In total, 6 athletes tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs with suspensions ranging from 2 years to one who received a lifetime suspension.

In 2012, Soufiane volunteered as a doping control officer (DCO) at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and shortly after, he received a Letter of Appreciation from David Cameron thanking him for his services, making him one of only a handful of Moroccans to receive such recognition from a British Prime Minister.

After back-to-back national championships in 2013 and 2014, and being awarded with the Best Coach in Morocco Award, he founded the Moroccan National Debate Team and led them to the 2014 & 2015 World Schools Debating Championships.[5] The Moroccan National Debate Team made history in 2014 by becoming the first North African Nation to compete in the World Schools Debating Championships.

Personal lifeEdit

Soufiane´s uncle Lahbib Choubani is a Moroccan politician of the Justice and Development Party. Since 3 January 2012, he holds the position of Minister of Relations with the Parliament & Civil Society in Abdelilah Benkirane's cabinet.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coaches | Moroccan National Debate Team". Teammorocco.org. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  2. ^ Jabrane, Ezzoubeir. "A Coach Who Believes in Morocco". Morocco World News. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  3. ^ http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/06/131925/moroccan-national-debate-team-dominates-national-university-championships/
  4. ^ "La bataille des ĂŠcoliers: Elle se tiendra le 7 aoĂťt en ThaĂŻlande | Aujourd'hui le Maroc". Aujourdhui.ma. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  5. ^ http://schoolsdebate.com/tournament/thailand-2014/

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