Govt ratifies anti-doping protocol

07Jun 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Govt ratifies anti-doping protocol

DAYS are numbered for local and international players who have been using performance enhancement drugs after the National Assembly yesterday ratified an International Convention against Doping in Sport.

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The rampant practice has compelled the government through tithe National Assembly to come to terms with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in its efforts to have clean winners in sport.

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) started throwing its weight into fighting the menace in 1928 after it became suspicious with some athletes who participated in games it has been organising.

Presenting the document in the House yesterday Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Nape Nnauye said the impetus to come with a special arrangement for each nation to fight doping gained momentum in 2005, when the United Nations through UNESCO prepared the document with the major objective to bring fairness in competitions.

According to the Minister, seven countries in Africa were yet to ratify the convention. These are Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau, Maritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Tanzania.

He said by ratifying the convention Tanzania would safeguard the interest of athletes, including improving their health conditions, availing opportunities for them to vie for posts in international sports bodies.

He said after ratifying the convention the country would create a credible image at international platform, be able to create a level playing for local players to compete fairly with others in and outside the country.

The convention contains nine articles that among other things want all member countries to ensure their sports bodies and associations take stringent measures to ban performance enhancement drugs, including instituting punitive measures against athletes involving themselves in doping.

The convention document was supported by members of Parliament and ministers such as Venance Mwamoto (CCM-Kilolo) and Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Harrison Mwakyembe.