Campaign to combat doping in sport

2011-06-14 08:13

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) has launched the “I Play Fair – Say No To Doping” campaign to combat doping in sport.

The campaign was launched by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in Rosebank, Johannesburg, today.

The institute revealed that there was a 100% increase in doping offences and “this has become not only a concern for sports but a public concern”.

Mbalula said his department was fully behind the initiative and lauded the anti-doping controlling body’s stance as “signalling a positive change in South African sport”.

Dr Shuaib Manjra, chairman of Saids, said: “Our doping control statistics shows that the use of performance-enhancing drugs is on the increase.

“Of the 2 000 tests conducted in the 2009/10 season, 19 came back positive while 50 athletes tested positive in the 2010/11 and this amounts to a 100% increase.”

The institute attributed the above to contamination in supplements and the “win at all cost” attitude.

The minister said he would walk the talk at some of the Super Rugby matches he will be attending in a few days’ time.

Rugby, in particular, was fingered as the sport that was plagued by doping with the use of steroids in school having reached an alarming rate.

The institute, with the backing of World Anti-Doping Agency, has encouraged athletes to pledge “I Fair Play” to help curb the scourge.

More information is available on the institute’s website:

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