SASCOC President takes to the road for Drug-Free Sport
The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced today that the president of SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Mr. Gideon Sam, will be leading the Institute’s I Play Fair team during the 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon taking place on the 19th of April in Cape Town.
Sam will be running for the Institute’s proactive education campaign ‘I Play Fair – Say No! To Doping’, which aims to establish a culture of fair play in sport. The Institute has since 2012 entered various celebrity teams into events to raise awareness for its cause, most notably the Minister of Sport, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, in the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
Commenting on his participation in the I Play Fair team, Sam explains: “As part of SASCOC’s commitment to promote high performance in sport, I’ve taken it upon myself to get out of the office and show my commitment to the integrity of sport by leading the I Play Fair team.
“I’m doing the Two Oceans Half Marathon as part of a resolution to maintain a healthy-living lifestyle and to campaign for sport, free of drugs. I’m hoping my participation will encourage other sports executives to do the same.”
Khalid Galant, SAIDS CEO, says: “We’re honoured by Mr. Sam’s commitment to run for our team as this is a great example of sports leadership embodying the spirit of sport to encompass wellness and fitness.”
Team I Play Fair will be running in the 45th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, which has been aptly named, the “world’s most beautiful marathon”. The Institute will announce the names of the other celebrity and high-profile figures in the coming weeks.
The Institute is encouraging all South African sportsmen and women, coaches and fans to take the ‘I Play Fair – Say NO! To Doping’ pledge by visiting www.drugfreesport.org.za, the mobi-site: m.drugfreesport.org.za, on the Facebook Page (iplayfairZA) or via Twitter (@iplayfairZA).
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About the Institute of Drug-Free Sport
Drug-Free Sport is a public entity that promotes participation in sport that is free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices, which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons.
The institute’s efforts include anti-doping strategy in sport; education on drugs in sport; and collaboration with other national anti-doping agencies throughout the world. The Drug-Free Sport Act grants the Institute for Drug-Free Sport statutory drug testing powers and the authority to conduct and enforce a national anti-doping programme. By virtue of the Institute’s legislative ambit, national sports federations are obligated to co-operate with the Institute.
For more information go to www.drugfreesport.org.za
Joint media statement by SAIDS & SASCOC.