THE Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (Zoc) will this week host the first of two anti-doping workshops for local athletes in the capital in an effort to create awareness on the effects of doping.
The two anti-doping workshops will be run at the Zoc headquarters in the capital from February 6-7 and from February 19- 20 with athletes from the 30 affiliated national sport associations expected to benefit.
Last year, Zimbabwe successfully applied for and was granted funding to run an anti-doping education and awareness campaign through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport.
“The objective of Phase 1 of the project is to train up to 50 education and awareness officers to cover all 30 sports disciplines affiliated to Zoc and spread geographically through the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe,” Zoc said in a statement.
“Invitation to the first session is targeting personnel identified from the 30 National Sports Associations affiliated to Zoc: each affiliated
“National Sports Associations are expected to dedicate one person who will be the focal point for all anti-doping initiatives. The second workshop will target Provincial Education Officers. Both groups will undergo a train the trainers’ format of instruction based on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Programme Officers Tool Kit.
“It is expected that workshop participants, once empowered, will organize education sessions to impact their respective stakeholders in schools, clubs, communities, districts and provinces.
“Participants will also be expected to focus on delivering anti – doping education to athletes targeting to compete at the 2015 National Youth Games.”
World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accredited Nicholas Munyonga and local sports medicine physician Austin Jeans are some of the experts expected to make presentations during the workshops.
“Presentations will start with an overview of the role and responsibility of the Zoc in fight against doping in sport, specifically focusing on the relevance of anti-doping education to Olympic values.
“Subject specific presentations will be made by the following experts who have undergone specific training through WADA in anti-doping issues: Nicholas Munyonga, Austin Jeans (Therapeutic Use Exemption), Stephen Mudawarima (Anti-Doping Education), Ringisai Mapondera (Results Management) and Primrose Mhunduru (Doping Control),” Zoc added.