Doping in sport deserves punishment

The world is determined in fighting against doping within sporting arena.

Doping is defined as an occurrence/violation of one or more of the anti-doping rules set forth in article 2.1 to 2.10 of the 2015 World Anti Doping Code.

Anti Doping Education officer Mr Khotso Mahloko said it is each athlete’s personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his or her body.

“Athletes are responsible for any prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers found to be present in their samples. Accordingly, it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on the athlete’s part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping rule violation under article 2.1”, said Mahloko.

He said use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or prohibited methods suffice.

According to 2.2.2 of the code maintains that the success or failure of the use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or prohibited method is not material.

Mahloko said it is sufficient that the prohibited substance or prohibited method was used or attempted to be used for an anti-doping rule violation to be committed.

He further said evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection becomes a serious offence and liable for punishment.


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