SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has moved to the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town, to accommodate its expansion and its ramped up anti-doping efforts.
This is according to SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport CEO, Khalid Galant, who says that SAIDS has doubled in size over the past year in an effort to increase its efforts in the areas of education on drugs in sport; collaboration with other national anti-doping agencies and has increased drug testing across all sports disciplines. The SAIDS staff complement has doubled over the last year and the Institute now has 70 doping control officers around the country.
“There is strategic value being a resident at the Sports Science Institute that houses sports expertise in all areas,” he explains. “The move gives us great visibility as many of our elite athletes train and visit the centre and our new location gives them easy access to advice and anti-doping information.”
Morne du Plessis, MD, Sports Science Institute (SSISA) says that The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) is delighted to welcome The Institute for Drug Free Sport to our building in Newlands. “Our mission here at SSISA is to improve sporting performance and health of all South Africans, and we have always been fierce proponents of fair and clean sport,” he adds. “We consider the hosting of the offices of the Institute for Drug free Sport as an honour and an extension of the work at SSISA and we welcome Khalid and his team.”
About the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport
Drug-Free Sport is a public entity that promotes participation in sport that is free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices, which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons.
The institute’s efforts include anti-doping strategy in sport; education on drugs in sport; and collaboration with other national anti-doping agencies throughout the world. The Drug-Free Sport Act grants the Institute for Drug-Free Sport statutory drug testing powers and the authority to conduct and enforce a national anti-doping programme. By virtue of the Institute’s legislative ambit, national sports federations are obligated to co-operate with the Institute
For more information go to www.drugfreesport.org.za