Compliance to Anti-Doping Rules Important

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Any person who competes in any sport under the authority of any signatory government is an athlete.

Speaking at a one-day seminar aimed at giving different sporting codes the opportunity to have their input in the new anti-doping rules which will come into effect from 2015-2019, Botswana’s National Anti-Doping committee member, Basadi Akoonyatse said even constituency tournament athletes could be tested for doping.

Akoonyatse noted that the constituency tournament was supported by the government who was a signatory of the UNESCO convention and as such constituency tournament players could be tested.

In other issues, Akoonyatse aised affiliates to always contact appropriate organisations for help in anti-doping issues because there were a lot of issues covered in the rules.

She gave the example of the ‘where about’ rule, saying her organisation still struggles to understand the ‘where about’ rule.

She added that they still have challenges of athletes going to international competitions while taking medication that was prohibited. She noted that asthma medication was one such prohibited substance.

She said it was important for codes to encourage athletes who were on asthma medication to apply for an exemption, saying failure to so could have serious consequences.

She said according to the rules, any national athlete who needs to use a prohibited substance or prohibited method for therapeutic purposes should apply to the national anti-doping agency for an exemptions as soon as the need arises.

She noted that save in an emergency or exceptional situations, the exemption should be applied for at least 30 days before an athlete’s next competition.

Article 4.3 stipulates that WADA’s determination of the prohibited substances and prohibited methods that would be included on the prohibited list, the classification of substances into categories on the prohibited list, and the classification of a substance as prohibited at all times or in-competition only, was final and shall not be subject to challenges by an athlete or other person based on an argument that the substance or method was not a masking agent or did not have the potential to enhance performance, or represent a health risk or violate the spirit of sport.

She said the national anti-doping body shall appoint a panel to consider applications for the grant or recognition of TUEs, adding that the rule further says the TUE committee shall promptly evaluate and decide upon the application in accordance with the relevant rule.

Akoonyatse further told the participants that according to the new rules, bodies such as International Olympic Committee, NADO and national federations could appeal a sanction laid on an athlete.

“If the athlete has tested positive and heshe given one day suspension the bodies can appeal, and say this athletes is a bad influence therefore we feel one day is not enough.”

Botswana National Olympic Committee acting chief executive officer, Lame Ramokate said the main objective of the seminar was to review anti-doping rules for 2015-2019.

He said they invited all their affiliates to review the document before it could be forwarded to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Ramokate said they found it imperative to engage affiliates so that they understand and own the rules as well as familiarise themselves as to what anti-doping entails.

Participants adopted the new rules and the document would be forwarded to WADA for consideration.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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