19 June 2013

South Africa: Banyana Introduced to 'I Play Fair, Say No to Doping' Campaign

The South African Football Association (SAFA) in conjunction with the South African Institute for Drug-free Sports put Banyana Banyana players and the technical team through an hour long Anti-Doping presentation as a way of sensatising the girls on the need to fight doping in sport.

The hour long seminar was to also enable the girls to comply with the ethics of FIFA's Fair Play values.

SAIDS is an affiliate of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an organisation that promotes and co-ordinates the fight against doping in sport internationally.

The Anti-Doping workshop for Banyana was aimed at helping the players understand doping control products and the ban federations can impose on players found guilty of using banned substances.

The presentation, done by SAIDS project facilitator, covered aspects of drugs used to stimulate an athletes' performance provided information on supplements and steroids and the adverse effects they can have on an athlete's body.

Banyana Banyana defender, Nelisiwe Mchunu said the Anti-Doping workshop was highly informative and gave the team enough information to help them understand the difference between banned substances and those allowed.

"The Anti-Doping workshop was highly informative as it gave us information on drugs and supplements that are good for us as athletes and those that are bad and how they would affect our general health. I am grateful for the information that has been put together by SAIDS. This will help us identify which substances are banned and the implications of using them," said Mchunu.

At the end of the presentation, players and members of the technical team were given pamphlets which provided information on the preferred medication and the banned substances.

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