Mado, government in Anti-Doping project
Malawi Anti-Doping Organisation (Mado) and the government have joined forces to embark on a year-long project aimed at developing legal instruments for Mado.
Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama will officially launch the project at Bingu National Stadium Wednesday.
Mado General Secretary Leonard Sharra said Unesco Fund has sponsored the project through the Malawi National Commission to the tune of $35,000 (about K28 million).
“The project seeks to eliminate doping from sport, The one-year project is expected to span up to July 2022 and the lined up of activities includes consultative workshops targeting the media, chiefs, parliamentarians, councillors, sports affiliates, academicians and members of the general public, publicity campaigns and actual development of the Malawi Anti-Doping Act and Malawi Anti-Doping Policy,” he said.
Sharra said the project was in line with the legal framework provided by the International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which the government ratified in 2009.
“The convention provides the legal framework with which all governments can address the increasing use of performance-enhancing substances and other prohibited methods in sports,” he said.
Mado was established in 2013 to champion the fight against doping but the body has struggled to make a meaningful impact in the promotion of clean sport due to the absence of a proper financing mechanism.
According to a statement from Mado, an Act of Parliament and National Anti-Doping Policy will ensure independence of the body whose budget will be channeled through Parliament