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Weightlifters Warned

Athletes who will be participating at the Weightlifting Oceania championship are advised to be wary of taking medications that are prohibited to the sport. The executive officer of the Oceania
22 May 2016 10:23
Weightlifters Warned

Athletes who will be participating at the Weightlifting Oceania championship are advised to be wary of taking medications that are prohibited to the sport.

The executive officer of the Oceania regions anti-doping organisation, Natanya Potoi-Ulia is advising athletes with genuine medical conditions to declare medications to avoid disappointment during the championship.

“Be careful of what you take if you have a cold or a flu but be very weary of ephedrine, which is very common in cold and flu medication,” she said.

“This is because for any competition those are banned substances and diabetic insulin is also a prohibited substance.

“So you need to declare all these stuff and apply for an exemption to use these medications because of genuine medical condition or otherwise there is no excuse.”

Ulia also warned weightlifters that if they are caught breaking the anti-doping code they would not only miss out on weightlifting but other sports as well.

“The first offence with the world anti-doping code is four years sanction and this is not only in weightlifting but for any other sport.

“We are here to protect the integrity of the sport which is weightlifting in this matter and to protect the rights of the clean athletes.”

She confirmed that a team would be collecting urine and blood samples before the athletes participate.

“The urine test, we will be looking at one of our people what we call the chaperone who will be notifying the athletes of their rights and consequences if they do not comply with any part of the process.”

Ulia added that it is the responsibility of the athlete to report to the doping control station immediately after their competition.

This is soon after they are being notified of their selection for drug test. Apart from drug tests there will also be awareness activities available at the venue for both athletes and spectators.

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