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4-Year Ban

Players who violate new doping laws will be banned for four years from January 1 next year. Coaches, trainers, technical staff and team management also face the same ban if
03 Nov 2014 12:11
4-Year Ban
Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana (middle), with the contestants vying for the Bodybuilding & Fitness Fiji’s Mr Fiji Championship at the Holiday Inn Suva last Saturday.

Players who violate new doping laws will be banned for four years from January 1 next year.

Coaches, trainers, technical staff and team management also face the same ban if they are found guilty of being involved.

It does not end here. Relatives and friends also face similar scrutiny.

Contracted players would also lose their contracts if they return positive for a drug test.

Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) president Dr Robin Mitchell confirmed the stringent measure.

“Basically the World Anti-Doping Agency which met in Johannesburg every seven years has updated the anti-doping code,”Dr Mitchell said. “The organisation is made up equally of government and sporting officials.

“The meeting drew up this new anti-doping code which comes into effect from January 2015.”

One of the main outcomes of the world meeting in Johannesburg last year is that the penalty for the serious doping offences to be increased to four years.

“For sportspeople, if you’re positive it means you miss out on amazing competitions like the Pacific Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup, HSBC Sevens World Series and World Netball Championships.”

All of the countries and the sports organisations have to be compliant in the sense they have to update their regulations working through organisations like the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation.

Dr Mitchell said their task now is to educate sports administrators and the athletes on the use of supplements.

“Our aim is to educate our athletes and officials in the use of supplements,”he said.

“This is a problem as some of the medication may be prescribed by their doctors, physiotherapist or whoever is looking after them.

“We want to make sure that when they go to compete, they know what they can take and what they can’t take.”

The good news to Fiji sporting federations is no players have been found positive on anti-doping test this year.

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