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THE Zimbabwe Olympic Committee is hosting a two-day anti-doping workshop at their headquarters in Harare in an effort to create awareness about doping.

The workshop, which started yesterday, will see various experts addressing different issues pertaining to anti-doping and ZOC chief executive, Anna Mguni, said they want to educate and promote awareness about anti-doping throughout the country.

“It’s an education workshop, where we are imparting education, information and awareness skills to various members of different associations.

“How have we selected these associations, most of them are the ones which have a lot of activity. A lot of priority sports that we are involved in.

“A number of them have athletes that are going to the Africa Youth Games so the aim is to give them information in terms of the anti-doping practices that are ongoing and also highlight the issues of substance abuse in sport.

“Most of the athletes that are in these associations at some stage will have some high-profile appearance in regional or international events and they will more than likely be tested.

“So the idea is it must no longer be a mystery to us. As a country we need to educate our athletes as to the best way to avoid the challenges we have faced already in terms of doping,” said Mguni.

Mguni said besides national associations they have invited other interested partners in an effort to cover a broad base.

“We also have a number of interested parties, we have called the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee.

“We also have a representative from one of the ministries. So the idea is we cannot do the work alone, it has to be done through our volunteers, through our affiliates especially the doping awareness programme.

“Some of the associations that are here have had instances where their athletes have been found wanting or have been tested. Rugby is here and they are represented at the highest level, football, tennis, wrestling and athletics they are all here,” said Mguni.

This is the second programme the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee is holding after hosting another seminar in 2012 and the ZOC chief executive said it’s an ongoing programme.

“I think the beauty about it is it doesn’t stop here. This is a training and education awareness that can be ongoing.

“We definitely want to be able to try and host a similar seminar in other centres, principally obviously we will start with the Southern Region and be able to share and disseminate this information.

“This actually is the second course. We have held the first one in November 2012, again we targeted associations.

“We are hoping to be involved in the production of material, reading material, it’s also very important. So this is not the first and definitely not the last,” Mguni said.

In the past recent years three players from rugby and a football player, Devon Chafa, were caught on the wrong side as they failed anti-doping tests.

Source : The Herald