Transport MEC Leads ‘I Play Fair’ 94.7 Cycling Team
Johannesburg, 6 October, 2012 – Ismail Vadi, MEC of Transport for Gauteng led the Institute for Drug-Free Sport’s I Play Fair team in a training ride to spread the message of anti-doping in sport and to mark the beginning of transportation month today. The team will ride together in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on 18 November, in Johannesburg.
The MEC and about 400 cyclists joined the 32 kilometre training ride organised by Super Cycling, on a route that left from Cycle Lab Fourways to Lanseria and back.
Vadi says he feels proud to participate and endorse Drug-Free Sport’s initiative aimed at spreading the message of ethics, fair play and anti-doping in sport. “This ties in with government’s Shovukala cycling initiative that is providing 5000 bicycles to the under privileged South African youth, that is especially aimed at children that have to travel long distances to school usually by foot.”
Institute for Drug-Free Sport CEO, Khalid Galant, says that with October being national transport Month, it is opportune that the Gauteng MEC for Transport used October to embark on his training for the Momentum 94.7 cycle challenge in Gauteng, where he will lead the Institute’s I Play Fair team.
“SAIDS and the sports community is encouraged by the participation of executive policy makers such as MEC Vadi in the wake of precedent set by the Minister of Sport with his participation in the 2012 Argus Cycle Tour as part of the I Play Fair team,” says Galant. “Partnering with entities such as Drug-Free Sport is part of the transportation initiative to promote different modes of transportation and cycling is a mode of transport for commuting and to promote a healthier society.”
He adds: “The ‘I Play Fair’ initiative is a national campaign that we have to take to each region of the country. The Momentum 94.7 cycle race is the largest cycle event in Gauteng where we can generate maximum awareness around the drug-free sport campaign.”
“We hope that by including the “I Play Fair” Team’s training ride in the Transportation Month’s activities we will contribute in generating greater awareness around safe cycling and ultimately an improved cycling infrastructure that can be used by both recreational and aspiring professional cyclists,” says Galant.
The team is made up of various public figures and celebrities from sport and other professions including The 94.7 team also includes some South African celebrities including swimming legend, Natalie du Toit; Motorsport Champion, Gugu Zulu; South African football legend, Mark Fish; Super Sport presenter, Owen Hannie; Freediver champion, Hanli Prinsloo; and Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund.
By participating as a team Galant says he is hoping to publicise the commitment of these high profile figures to the ideals of a drug-free sport environment.
Other mass based sports events that the campaign will participate in are; Midmar Mile Swim in KZN, Ironman 70.3 triathlon in East London and Two Oceans half marathon in Cape Town.
The Institute is encouraging all South African sportsmen and women, coaches and fans to take the ‘I Play Fair – Say NO! To Doping’ pledge by visiting www.drugfreesport.org.za the mobi-site: m.drugfreesport.org.za, on the Facebook Page (iplayfairZA) or via Twitter (@iplayfairZA)
About the Institute of Drug-Free Sport
Drug-Free Sport is a public entity that promotes participation in sport that is free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices, which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons.
The institute’s efforts include anti-doping strategy in sport; education on drugs in sport; and collaboration with other national anti-doping agencies throughout the world. The Drug-Free Sport Act grants the Institute for Drug-Free Sport statutory drug testing powers and the authority to conduct and enforce a national anti-doping programme. By virtue of the Institute’s legislative ambit, national sports federations are obligated to co-operate with the Institute. For more information go to www.drugfreesport.org.za