Stofile elected to top po­si­tion at dop­ing body

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FOR­MER sports min­is­ter Makhenkesi Stofile was yes­ter­day elected vice-pres­i­dent of World Anti-Dop­ing Code (Wada) for two years, from next year to 2016.

Stofile, who pre­vi­ously served on the Wada ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and foun­da­tion board dur­ing his term as sports min­is­ter, will serve un­der in­com­ing pres­i­dent Craig Reedie. The duo will re­place out­go­ing pres­i­dent John Fa­hey of Aus­tralia and his deputy Arne Ljungqvist of Swe­den.

Reedie, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ( IOC) deputy pres­i­dent, was nom­i­nated by the IOC and served on Lon­don’s 2012 Olympics or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

Wada’s foun­da­tion board, which com­prises rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Olympic move­ment and from gov­ern­ments, ap­points the pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent from within or from out­side its struc­ture.

The board has 36 mem­bers, as well as the pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day del­e­gates at a con­fer­ence in Jo­hannes- burg adopted a more strin­gent dop­ing code to come into ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2015.

Dop­ing bans will be dou­bled from a two-year pe­riod to four years, ef­fec­tively mak­ing an ath­lete in­el­i­gi­ble for one Olympic Games cy­cle.

“I hope and be­lieve this con­fer­ence will have an im­pact and a dif­fer­ent mean­ing to ev­ery­one around the globe when it comes to this fight against cheaters and dop­ing in sport,” Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula said at the clos­ing of the con­fer­ence.

“The code we’ve adopted will be a code that will usher in a new mean­ing, and will ac­cel­er­ate the fight against dop­ing in sport.

“Here in Jo­han­nes­burg, we re­new our­selves against the fight against dop­ing, and we warn the cheaters and say ‘you will never be tol­er­ated’.”

Mbalula re­it­er­ated that South Africa and Africa were ready to host the Olympics.

“This is the time, Ke Nako, we are ready to make it hap­pen for the Africa con­ti­nent.” – Sapa

VICE: Makhenkesi Stofile

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