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Bafana Bafana Attend Anti-Doping Campaign

27 March 2013 The Touchline Expert

As part of the “I Play Fair, Say No to Doping” campaign, Bafana Bafana players and technical staff participated in an hour-long anti-doping workshop conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) at the Cape Sun Hotel last Thursday, 21 March 2013.

SAIDS is an affiliate of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an organisation that promotes and co-ordinates the fight against doping in sport internationally.

The presentation by SAIDS project facilitator, Fahmy Galant, covered aspects of anti-doping and specific emphasis was placed on supplements and steroids and the adverse effects they can have on an athlete’s body. This is inclusive of how drugs affect the general performance of an athlete.

The presentation was aimed at giving the 23 national team players as well as the Bafana Bafana Team Doctor and officials an understanding on topics such as the purpose and context of SAIDS and their “I Play Fair, Say No to Doping” campaign and how it ties in with the Spirit and Ethics of Sports.

The anti-doping workshop is an initiative of the SAFA Medical Office and is meant to empower national team players with a deeper understanding of anti-doping laws and how they apply to football players.

The campaign is also aimed at giving a deeper understanding on how the anti-doping code applies to their specific code, in particular the athlete, coach, team management as well as parents. It is aimed at helping them understand doping control and procedures as well as the dangers of doping.

The ultimate synopsis is to see that all national team players understand the repercussions of doping. At the end of the hour-long presentation, the players were given pamphlets that provide information on the preferred medication and the banned substances.

For more information, please connect with www.drugfreesport.org.za