By Aisha Nabukonde.
Uganda Olympic Committee in collaboration with Rado have organized a three days’ workshop aiming at training the Anti-Doping Educators from Africa Zone 5.
The Anti-Doping workshop is basically about the effects of using drugs and what it costs to the country at large.
The Anti-Doping training is currently ongoing at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala as it tipped off on the 7th of September 2022.
The three days’ training was officially opened by Ambrose Tashobya, the National Council of Sports Chairperson who details the importance of training to athletes and Uganda at large.
“As a government of Uganda, we are very committed to issues related to Anti-Doping and we have been funding the activities of Anti-doping for over 10 years.” Ambrose Tashobya stated.
“We are one of the countries that have signed a code and commitment to clear sports and as a country we believe in fairness, that’s why we are behind this movement’’ Ambrose said
“And today having this training here, having people coming from the entire zone 5, is very important, these are people who are going to train others in the region about the codes of anti-doping.” Ambrose Added.
The Chairperson, National council of Sports added that two Ugandan athletes failed the Doping test ahead the 2022 commonwealth games
The training included different participants from Africa and that’s; the hosts Uganda,Rwanda, Eritrea, South Sudan,Sierra Leone, Gambia,Somalia, Tanzania,Sudan,Ethiopia,Kenya and Egypt.
Uganda representatives included Beatrice Ayikoru, the General Secretary Olympic Committee among others.
Anthony Shepherd(UKAD), Amanda Brooks(UKAD), Wendy Shepherd (UKAD), Emillie Moffat(UKAD), and Christine Mugera from Rado were the facilitators of the Anti-Doping training.
Aya Nakitanda, the Head of Anti-Doping at the Uganda Olympic Committee revealed that the participants from twelve countries are experienced but rather came for advanced training.
“These are already experienced educators, they take this advanced training, so that they can go back to their countries and be able to train new educators. In Uganda as an example, we are already having plans to implement this phase two where the educators who have completed this training program will in the next phase train the educators in wash and every national federation so that Anti-doping education moves closer to Athletes”. Aya Nakitanda added.
The Anti-Doping workshop ongoing will climax on Friday, the 9th of September 2022 at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.