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Govt Launches UNESCO anti-doping Campaign Fund

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The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Honourable Makhosini Hlongwane on Wednesday launched a $20,000 UNESCO anti-doping campaign fund aimed at both young, up-and-coming athletes and elite sportsmen and women.

By Tongai Mwenje

Speaking during the official launch, the minister said the fund’s valuable impact will be measured by its ability to reach out to the country’s ten provinces on anti-doping education.

Performance-enhancing drugs (or PEDs) are detrimental to well-being and the negative effects these drugs can have on one’s body make UNESCO’s mission paramount as to why no athlete should ever have to consider PED use to succeed in sport.

For that reason, the minister said Zimbabwe is among the 179 signatory nations to the Unesco Convention.

“As the Ministry of Sport and Recreation we are particularly pleased by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee’s ability to attract funding for validating Zimbabwe’s pursuance for anti-doping as a national sporting morality concern. As you may know, Zimbabwe is among the 179 signatory nations to the UNESCO Convention, hence the mandatory compliance to anti-doping,” said Hlongwane.

Zimbabwe long distance runner, Cuthbert Nyasango and former Sevens rugby national team player, Precious Pazani were named as clean sport Campaign Ambassadors.

The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee initiated programme which will include education and train trainers curricula in each province run from the 2nd up until the 4th quarter of 2017.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world. Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) formally accepted the World Anti-Doping Code on the 26th of February 2004.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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