Doping not confined to the “usual” suspects

Doping’s insidious grip on sport is normally associated with just a few sport codes. But the current World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) annual report reveals that there have been Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in sports as diverse as figure skating, billiards, petanque (a variety of boule, which itself is a variety of bowls), bowls itself, lifesaving,…

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South African Olympic swimmer’s medical information hacked

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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