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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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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2016 Schools Sport Summit

2016 SCHOOLS SPORT SUMMIT 21 – 22 July 2016 Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Cape Town Registration now open!  How do we create the ideal environment to enhance school sport? How do we identify and develop talent in this environment? Is there scientific data to help inform practitioners on the way forward? What role…

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Two Oceans Marathon – Team I Play Fair

We’d like to introduce you to one of our celebrity runners for the upcomingOld Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Kamini Pather a Winner of MasterChef SA 2013. We caught up with Kamini before her race this coming Saturday – see what she has to say: “I have loved training for this race. This will be my…

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