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SA lab cleared to test blood doping samples

August 17, 2016 7:56 am Published by Comments Off on SA lab cleared to test blood doping samples

The University of Free State’s Bloemfontein doping control laboratory has been cleared to start testing blood samples again – a move warmly welcomed by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS). The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has informed the laboratory that it is now authorised to conduct doping control analyses of blood samples. “This is good news,” said SAIDS... Read More


SAIDS mourns passing of Ambassador Makhenkesi Stofile

August 15, 2016 12:18 pm Published by Comments Off on SAIDS mourns passing of Ambassador Makhenkesi Stofile

The Board and staff of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport is saddened by the passing today of Ambassador M. Stofile, the current Vice President of WADA and former South African ambassador to Germany. Ambassador Stofile championed fair play and drug-free sport during his tenure as Minister of Sport in South Africa and subsequently as a diplomat and WADA... Read More


Sport supplement companies may be “exploiting” children

July 26, 2016 8:13 am Published by Comments Off on Sport supplement companies may be “exploiting” children

Aggressive sports supplement marketing campaigns aimed at schoolchildren have been slammed by the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA). The organisation has issued a position statement on the use of the products by schoolchildren and says that as a general rule “persons under the age of 18-years-old should not use sports supplements”. It hit out at commercial exploitation of children... Read More


WADA Global Doping Control Statistics: SAIDS took 1 854 doping control samples in year

July 18, 2016 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on WADA Global Doping Control Statistics: SAIDS took 1 854 doping control samples in year

The World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) has revealed that during 2014 the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) took 1 854 doping control samples from athletes. That means an average of five tests were done every day during the year. A total of 55 of the doping control samples gave rise to adverse analytical findings (AAFs or positive tests), according... Read More


Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) Partners with 15 National Anti-Doping Organizations on Collaborative Testing Initiative Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

July 15, 2016 8:34 am Published by Comments Off on Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) Partners with 15 National Anti-Doping Organizations on Collaborative Testing Initiative Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

July 15, 2016 –  The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), and 14 other leading National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), today announced the continued success of a global collaborative testing initiative in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The participating organisations worked together to develop a comprehensive, fair, and strategic testing distribution plan... Read More