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Organisation (Mado) says it is concerned with lack of doping knowledge among local athletes and officials.

Doping is an athlete’s use of prohibited drugs or methods to improve training and sporting results.

Mado board chairperson, James Mwenda, said this on Friday in Blantyre during a press briefing.

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He also disclosed plans to launch a systematic sensitisation campaign to stop athletes and officials from using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

“The idea is to sensitise athletes and officials on the dangers of doping. As you are aware, doping is an enemy of sport. Malawi has taken a bold step to address doping issues,” he said.

Mwenda said, so far, Malawi appears clean after 13 athletes drawn from football, netball and boxing underwent tests and tested negative for illegal drug use.

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Mwenda said they had requested calendars of events from sport associations.

“We want them to give us a calendar of their major events, so that we can take them unawares and conduct doping. We also want the associations to factor doping issues in their constitutions,” he said.

Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) president, Oscar Kanjala, who was present during the press briefing, said there was need for collaborated efforts to overcome doping.

“There are two kinds of tests. The first are in-competition tests. Under these, all medal winners and a random selection from the rest, are tested for drugs during international competitions. The second are out-of-competition tests. These consist of surprise visits and checks when athletes are not taking part in any competition,” he said.

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