Ugandan Cricketers gain insight at Anti-Doping seminar hosted by UOC


Today morning, both the Cricket Cranes and Victoria Pearls players attended an enlightening anti-doping seminar held at the boardroom of the Uganda Olympics Committee.

The session aimed to equip them with comprehensive knowledge on the measures, regulations, and practices in place to thwart the use of banned substances and methods in sports.

Cricket Cranes player Fred Achelam while helping a facilitator during the seminar to demonstrate

The primary objective of anti-doping initiatives is to uphold fair competition by detecting and discouraging the use of performance-enhancing drugs and other prohibited substances or techniques among athletes.

Such efforts are typically overseen by organizations like the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), who were partners in today’s seminar.

These initiatives are enforced through a combination of testing, education, and penalties for violations.

Anti-doping measures encompass a range of strategies, including testing athletes for banned substances, educating them about the risks and consequences of doping, maintaining a prohibited list, implementing therapeutic use exemptions, imposing sanctions for violations, enforcing rigorous policies and regulations, conducting intelligence and investigations, and carrying out out-of-competition testing through national anti-doping organizations.

The seminar also referenced a recent incident in Zimbabwe involving two Chevron players who were suspended for recreational drug use in December last year. According to Zimbabwe Cricket, Wesley Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta both tested positive for a banned recreational drug in an out-of-competition case during a recent in-house doping test.

During the seminar, one of the facilitators Madam Cissy Musiime, who works closely with cricketers, guided the players on their roles in anti-doping efforts, emphasizing the importance of being mindful of the substances they consume and their overall health and conduct, especially in preparation for tournaments like the upcoming All Africa Games.

Cissy Musiime while talking to the Athletees

Beyond the players, the beneficiaries of this knowledge included members of the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) secretariat, such as Operations Manager Joshua Mwanjya and Cricket Cranes Team Manager Charles Waiswa.

These individuals are tasked with disseminating this critical information to other members of the cricket fraternity, thereby fostering a culture of clean and fair play throughout the sport.

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