…MWALE SAYS NO SINGLE ZAMBIAN SPORTSPERSON HAS VIOLATED THE ANTI-DOPING RULES IN THE PAST THREE YEARS
NO single Zambian sportsperson has violated the anti-doping rules and regulations in the past three years, Sports Minister Vincent Mwale told Parliament yesterday.
Mwale said Zambia was a signatory to the United Nations Education Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) Convention against Anti-doping in sports.
In a written response to UPND Kabompo West Member of Parliament Ambrose Lufuma, Mwale said Zambia was compliant to the obligations set under the World Anti-Doping Code.
Lufuma had asked the Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development whether Zambia had complied with the obligations set under the World Anti-Doping Code and if not, what measures the Government had taken to ensure that the country does not face sanctions for non-compliance He further asked Mwale how many Zambian sportspersons, if any, were sanctioned for doping violations from January, 2013 to March, 2016 and what the nature of the violations were.
But Mwale said there was no single Zambian sportsperson that had been found to violate the anti-doping rules and regulations from January 2013 to March, 2016.
He said the UNESCO convention demands that a signatory responds to calls from international community to enhance ethical values in sports.
Mwale added that this was after an expression of concerns by ministers and senior officials responsible for physical education and sports over unethical behaviour, in particular doping in sports.
He said the Convention further helps ensure that there was effectiveness in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) administration of the world anti-doping code, as a non-governmental document that applies only to members of sports organisations.
“The convention provides the legal framework under which governments can address specific areas of the doping problems that are outside the domain of the sports movement. As such, the convention helps to formalize global anti doping rules, policies and guidelines in order to provide honest and equitable playing environments for all athletes,” Mwale said.