New anti-doping education partnership for rugby in South Africa

A collaborative anti-doping education meeting involving the key stakeholders in South African rugby was held on Monday in Newlands, Cape Town, with the aim of strengthening education and information delivery for young players and their support network.   Chaired by World Rugby, with representatives from SA Rugby, the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS), the SA Schools Rugby Association (SASRA), MyPlayers…


SAIDS / HAWKS raid steroids & supplements lab

Last week SAIDS collaborated and assisted Law Enforcement Authorities in a search and seizure operation for illegal steroids and other scheduled medicines that are used in the manufacturing of dietary / sport supplements.  We raided a steroid and dietary supplement ‘laboratory’ and successfully seized close to half a million Rands worth of illegal steroids and…


Top SA Mountain Biker slapped with a 4 year ban

TOP South African mountain biker Max Knox has been found guilty of a doping offense and banned for four years, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced today. He was charged for suspicious variations in his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) that indicated doping. He could not satisfactorily explain to a panel of international…


SAIDS publishes its ANNUAL REPORT 2018

The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport is pleased to share its Annual Report 2017/18 which includes an overview of its legislative mandate and strategic objectives, organizational performance and accomplishments, and financials as audited by the Auditor-General SA.    This Report covers the events of the past financial year starting April 2017 to March 2018.  …


WADA Publishes the Prohibited List for 2019

The new WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2019 has been published.  It will come into effect 1st January 2019.

Also see the Prohibited List 2019 – Summary of Major Modifications; and the
Substances on the 2019 Monitoring Programme.

False claims on supplements marketed to Youth

Be aware of products like “FitGen” – advertised as “Youth performance nutrition parents can trust” – that make themselves guilty of using false claims, such as being registered with the “Drug Free Association” or “Approved / Certified by WADA”. No anti-doping authority (locally or abroad), including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the SA Institute…


SAIDS probe nets three for doping violations

A year-long investigation and tip-offs from whistleblowers have resulted in bans for three cyclists in the past 18 months, says the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS). The organisation’s CEO Khalid Galant revealed that the convictions arose from “phase one of an investigation being undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Priority Crimes…


CAS imposes a 4-year ban on Mixed Martial Arts SA / EFC athlete

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has imposed a four-year ban from all sport on the Mixed Martial Arts South Africa and Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) athlete, Demarte Pena, following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on a reprimand rendered by the SAIDS Independent Doping Hearing Panel. Mr. Pena tested positive for…