Zim foot­ball play­ers at risk over Fifa anti-dop­ing reg­u­la­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE foot­ball play­ers risk be­ing caught on the wrong side of the Fifa anti-dop­ing reg­u­la­tions which at­tract sanc­tions of up to four years.

The ab­sence of a Zifa med­i­cal com­mit­tee has also not helped mat­ters, as play­ers could take sub­stances, which at face value might be le­gal like a cough mix­ture yet are pro­hib­ited.

The Premier Soc­cer League ad­mit­ted last week that it has no anti-dop­ing de­part­ment to carry out ran­dom tests on play­ers.

“We ac­cept that we are com­ing short in that as­pect. It’s some­thing we need to look at and take se­ri­ously though,” said Kennedy Nde­bele, PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Anti Dop­ing Agency, ev­ery year a list of pro­hib­ited sub­stances clas­si­fied into three classes is re­leased. They in­clude sub­stances pro­hib­ited dur­ing com­pe­ti­tions as well as those pro­hib­ited for par­tic­u­lar sports.

Ev­ery year the anti-dop­ing watch­dog releases a list of sub­stances not on the pro­hib­ited list that are placed on the mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme to check if they are be­ing abused for sport­ing ad­van­tage by ath­letes.

A num­ber of play­ers are known to take en­ergy drinks just be­fore a match or even drink cof­fee dur­ing break­fast prior to a match.

There is a need for clubs to ed­u­cate their play­ers ac­cord­ingly so that they are not found on the wrong side of the law as ig­no­rance is not taken as an ex­cuse once one fails a test.

Zifa, through its med­i­cal com­mit­tee, is sup­posed to con­duct ran­dom tests on play­ers, es­pe­cially now that Zim­babwe has qual­i­fied for the African Cup of Na­tions fi­nals where play­ers will be sub­jected to such ran­dom tests. “It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of each As­so­ci­a­tion to col­lect sam­ples for dop­ing con­trol at na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and to ini­ti­ate and di­rect Out-of-Com­pe­ti­tion test­ing on its play­ers, as well as to en­sure that all na­tion­al­level test­ing on its play­ers and the re­sults manage­ment from such tests com­ply with the anti-dop­ing reg­u­la­tions,” says Fifa. Ac­cord­ing to Fifa, the fun­da­men­tal aims of dop­ing con­trol are to up­hold and pre­serve the ethics of sport, to safe­guard the phys­i­cal health and men­tal in­tegrity of play­ers, as well as to en­sure that all com­peti­tors have an equal chance. In 2013, then Dy­namos mid­fielder Devon Chafa be­came the first lo­cal player to be sus­pended by Fifa for fail­ing a dop­ing test.

THE 2016 WADA MON­I­TOR­ING PRO­GRAMME The fol­low­ing sub­stances are placed on the 2016 Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gramme: 1. Stim­u­lants: In-Com­pe­ti­tion only: Bupro­pion, caf­feine, nico­tine, phenyle­phrine, phenyl­propanolamine, pipradrol and synephrine. 2. Nar­cotics: In-Com­pe­ti­tion only: Mi­trag­y­nine and ra­madol 3. Glu­co­cor­ti­coids: In-com­pe­ti­tion (by routes of ad­min­is­tra­tion other than oral, in­tra­venous, in­tra­mus­cu­lar or rec­tal) and Out-ofCom­pe­ti­tion (all routes of ad­min­is­tra­tion) 4.Telmis­ar­tan: In and Outof-Com­pe­ti­tion

Devon Chafa

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