Saids will try to root out drug cheats

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport plans to offer a helping hand to contribute to the success of the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport plans to offer a helping hand to contribute to the success of the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

Shuaib Manjira, chairman of Saids, said a major opportunity for them in the next two years is to provide technical support and expertise for the World Cup.

Manjira said they were working closely with the Local Organising Committee to prepare solid doping control infrastructure that will support the World Cup.

"Blood testing, which will be mandatory for both the Confederations Cup in 2009 and 2010 World Cup, requires our urgent attention in terms of building a Fifa-compliant doping control infrastructure," he said.

"An improved legal framework to support anti-doping activities will help to make our drug testing programme more effective.

"A framework that protects the rights of both whistle blowers and an intelligence network, will augment the intelligence-based target testing in sport.

"An additional challenge for Saids in the next year is to ensure effective implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code by January 2009."

Victor Ramathesele, the LOC's chief medical officer, said they were discussing anti-doping measures for the Fifa competitions with Saids.

With Fifa handling its own doping strategy, they will soon meet Saids and other local anti-doping agencies to discuss future cooperation.

X