Background

The Regional Anti- Doping Organisation (RADO ZONE VI) was established by National Olympic Committees and Government representatives from the African Union Sports Council Region 5 countries with the assistance of the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) on the 2 – 3 May 2006 in Maputo, Mozambique. The establishment of RADO Zone VI is premised on the recognition that:

  • Sport is a critical component of the social economic and political development of Southern Africa
  • Sport is effective and ethical when practised free of drugs or doping in a spirit of fair play and mutual respect for everybody involved
  • The member states of AUSC Region 5 need to pool resources and expertise in order to play a critical role in combating the scourge of drugs and doping in sport

Vision

To value and foster doping free sport in AUSC Region 5

Mission

To promote and co-ordinate the fight against doping in Sports in all its forms in AUSC Region 5

Core Values

  • Independence
  • Accountability
  • Ethical approach
  • Professionalism
  • Proactive

Strategic Objectives

  • To educate and inform AUSC Region 5 National Olympic Committees, governments, sporting organizations, athletes and support personnel about the dangers and consequences of doping.
  • To ensure the implementation of effective doping control programs to prevent, deter and detect the use of doping in sport in AUSC Region 5.
  • To provide assistance, guidance and leadership to AUSC Region 5 countries in the establishment of their National Anti-Doping program and respective compliance to the world Anti-Doping Code.
  • To communicate the importance of Anti-Doping initiatives with Governments, National Olympic Committees, sporting organizations, athletes, support personnel and media to ensure effective regional buy-in, support and compliance.
  • To ensure the long term sustainability of the AUSC Region 5 Regional Anti- Doping organization.

 Anti-Doping Rule Violation

  • Presence of a Prohibited Substance, its metabolites or markers, in athlete’s sample.
  • Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method.
  • Refusing or failing without compelling justification to submit the sample collection after notification, or otherwise evading sample collection.
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with any party of doping control.
  • Possession of any prohibited substance and prohibited method.
  • Trafficking in any prohibited substance and method.
  • Violation of requirements regarding athlete availability including failure to provide whereabouts information, and missed tests.

Advice to Athletes

  • Know your sports anti-doping rules, rights and responsibilities.
  • If you do not understand the procedures, ask the Doping Control Officer to explain.
  • Keep a list of all medications and supplements you are taking, so that you can accurately record them on the sample collection form at the time of testing.
  • Once you have been notified of a test stay in view of the doping control station as soon as possible.
  • Athletes are entitled to take a representative with them to the doping control station but the representative is not permitted to be present during the sample collection.
 
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