AUSC Region 5 for clean sports

Dec 6, 2022

Issues of doping and other unethical conduct in sport have become a global concern that warrants smart partnerships between sports governing bodies

By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, December 5, Mana: African Union Sports Council Region 5 (AUSC 5) determines to promote clean sports environment to allow athletes excel without using performance enhancing substances.

AUSC Region 5 Advisory Board Chairperson, Isaac Katopola disclosed this Monday during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AUSC Region 5 and Africa Zone VI Regional Anti-doping (RADO) at Bingu National Stadium in Area 48 in Lilongwe.

He said the was need to safeguard athletes in the region by enforcing compliancy with the world anti- doping rules and codes to discourage athletes from using performance enhancing substances.

“Issues of doping and other unethical conduct in sport have become a global concern that warrants smart partnerships between sports governing bodies,” Katopola, Who is also Principal Secretary in the Ministry of youth and Sports noted.

He added that AUSC Region 5 deemed it prudent and appropriate to enter into a formal MOU with Africa Zone VI RADO as torch bearers and custodians of sports in this region.

The Board Chairperson said the MoU aims at harnessing sports and fight the malpractices that have already reached this industry and key amongst them was to fight against doping in sports

“In July 2017, Sports Ministers gathered in Russia for a world conference aimed at considering ways of making sport relevant to our society. From the conference, five actions were identified as part of our action against issuses of doping in sports,” he recalled.

Katopola said the MoU must serve as an enabler and not as a deterrent in providing services to the industry.

He said the two institutions have formalized existing partnership and commended Africa Zone VI RADO for agreeing the implement the working partnership which was well sorted fundamental process.

“We have been criticized that we have been signing so many MoUs within the region but the only challenge that is there is none implementation of the signed documents. We need to make sure that the signed MoU should be implemented in full,” the Chairperson observed.

He said an action plan should be developed in order to implement the MoU on anti-doping within the region.

RADO President, Dr Nicholas Munyonga said governments within the region have made considerable investment in sports infrastructures which need to be guarded at all cost,
He said the region should strive to ensure adequate return of such investment by promoting clean and safe sport.

Munyonga added RADO’s core business is to lead and coordinate in the implementation of anti-doping programmes in member countries.
“This is multi-sectoral process which requires partnerships and collaboration with various stakeholders. RAD saw it fit to establish a synergy with AUSC Region 5 to leverage the political supports from Ministries, Sports councils and commissions,” he hinted.
The President said they are greatly honoured to have the MoU signed during the Region 5 Youth games.

The MoU has nine area of compliance with world doping body, registration framework, development of strategies, education training, doping testing, capacity building, development test distribution plans, establish of national anti-doping structures and resource mobilization.

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