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In a bid to create a clean sport in the country, the Malawi Anti- Doping (Mado) says all athletes will be required to undergo rigorous test before taking in any sporting event effective in January next year.

This comes after the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) gave consent to Mado to proceed with the adoption of the local rules.

Mado vice General Secretary, Brutus Ndlovu said the exercise was important to avoid drug abuse in sporting activities.

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“We are excited that our Mado rules have been approved by the Wada. The agency has given us a go ahead to proceed with the adoption of the rules. This means the rules will come into effect from January 1, 2021. We want to make it clear that the athletes will be tested so that we encourage clean sport,” he said.

For effective implementation of the laws, Mado will engage Malawi National Council of Sports, Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) and all sports associations.

“We are planning to engage all sports associations to brief them and share with them rules so that they share the same with athletes and all involved in sports,” he added.

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“We are following with keen interest on the resumption of sports in the country. We have lined up a lot of educational and awareness programs reaching out to all sports codes to encourage them to play safe. We want to beef up our awareness unit by training some educational officers to help in creating clean sport in Malawi.”

The local athletes were warned against the use of banned substances during the lockdown. Some athletes use banned substances due to ignorance.

Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) president Pyson Likagwa commended Mado for taking a bold step to ensure that athletes refrain from using banned substances.

Doping is one of the major problems in several sporting codes especially athletics, boxing, football and cycling.

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