BSA on mission to beat doping

12 July 2018 - 08:30
By Bongani Magasela
Cindy Nkomo.
Image: Thulani Mbele Cindy Nkomo.

The Johannesburg Stadium has been confirmed as the venue where Boxing SA (BSA) will conduct clinics with its licensees on doping.

Chief operations officer Cindy Nkomo said the clinics, open to all registered licensees, will take place at the Gauteng Sports Confederations offices at the stadium on Saturday. The session will run from 9am to 1pm.

BSA and the SA Institute for Drug-free Sport (Saids) have partnered on a drive where the custodians of boxing and the highest office in drug testing will educate licensees on Saids' role in anti-doping and what boxers need to know.

Nkomo and Mteteleli Biko of Saids will be sharing with licensees information they need to know about anti-doping.

Saids carries out testing on boxers, especially after championship boxing matches.

"BSA decided to have workshops because although the information is available on our website, we realised that not everyone has access to the internet, and therefore we would want to assist our licensees in getting this crucial information the best way we can to give it to them," Nkomo said yesterday.

The first leg on this educational programme was in East London and Port Elizabeth last month.

Nkomo said they will also discuss the issue of contracts between licensees.

"In the past few months we've had unprecedented high incidents of disagreements between boxers, trainers, managers and promoters.

"The frequent root cause of these disagreements points to noncompliant and nonprocedural contracting between licensees," she said.

"No payment will be honoured by BSA on behalf of managers or promoters if a contract between them does not exist and is not approved by BSA."