Mbalula to ride against doping

2011-12-07 12:51

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Western Cape premier Helen Zille will soon be exercising a literal version of cooperation when they take part in a 110km cycle race against doping in sports.

Mbalula is to lead Zille and a group of 22 others in the Cape Argus cycle race next March, with the message that anyone can take part in a challenging sport if they put in the effort.

“I am very proud... that I am walking the talk and riding a bicycle,” Mbalula told reporters in Cape Town today.
“This is one important initiative in the context of sport.”

Mbalula would use the race to launch the I Play Fair campaign to cyclists.

The campaign, spearheaded by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport, promotes ethical sport through hard work and perseverance, rather than through supplement use.

The institute’s chief executive, Khalid Galant, said: “We do not want sport to be sullied with drugs and an unfair competitive environment where a ‘win-at-all costs’ attitude is prevalent. Sport is an ideal outlet and alternative to drugs and sedentary living.”

Mbalula reiterated a no tolerance attitude to doping in sport.

“We want athletes to use their God-given natural abilities through hard work and commitment. Doping is the work of cheaters,” the minister said.

Mbalula said his focus next year would be on doping in school sports.

Team Mbalula will include former Springbok rugby player Chester Williams, former Proteas cricketer Makhaya Ntini and TV personality Vanessa Haywood.

About 35 000 cyclists take part in the race around the Cape Peninsula each year. It is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world. 

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