The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport notes with dismay the release of various international athletes’ confidential medical information by the cyber hackers Fancy Bears.  This past weekend the hacker group released medical information hacked from the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) of South African Olympic swimmer, Cameron van der Burgh. The releases centre on the use of therapeutic use... Read More

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

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

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