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Doping in Sports

Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the 10 anti-doping rule violations. In team sports like Football: If a athlete is tested and found positive, mass testing of the team may be conducted.

If one or more members of a team in a Team sport is found to have committed an anti-doping rule Violation the National/Regional Anti-Doping office (NADO/RADO) or CAS (court of arbitration in sports) can impose the consequences on the team results (e.g., loss of points, disqualification from a competition or event, or other

The rules are as described below and they apply to the athletes and Rules 5-10 also refer to the team support staff e.g. Team medical staff/ coach.

1. Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample.

A sample may be: Blood sample or Urine sample and 2 samples are taken. Sample 1 tested and sample 2 is tested when an appeal is launched regarding the initial sample results.

NB: It remains the athlete responsibility for anything prohibited found in them during testing. visit the WADA website for the annual list of prohibited substances and engage your Team doctor for clarification where you do not understand.

2. Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method example of substances: steroids, cannibas (motokwane) etc.

3. Evading, Refusing or Failing to Submit to a sample collection

4. Whereabouts Failures: When under surveillance when you are traced for testing you are not reachable, have vacated the address you submit to the Doping control team without permission or notifying them or deliberately
5. Tampering or Attempted Tampering with any part of Doping Control e.g. During urine specimen collection you somehow attempt to dilute it with water or giving water instead of the sample.

6. Possession of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method

7. Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method

8. Administration or Attempted Administration to any Athlete In-Competition of any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method, or Administration or Attempted Administration to any Athlete Out-of-Competition of any Prohibited Substance or any Prohibited Method that is prohibited Out-of-Competition

9. Complicity: Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring, covering up or any other type of intentional complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or attempted anti-doping rule violation

10. Prohibited Association: Athlete or other Person subject in sports is not allowed to be associated with a person subjected to authority of an Anti-Doping Organization in a professional or sport-related capacity.


NB: The BFA as an affiliate of the BNSC does not condone Doping in any form and athletes, technical teams and management are adviced to desist from such practices. THE ATHLETE SHOULD KNOW THAT WHAT EVER GOES INTO YOUR BODY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!!

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National First Divisions undergo Operation Time For Change drill

GABORONE, Botswana – In its relentless quest to professionalize and commercialize local football, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has extended the FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course – Operation Time for Change to National First Division Leagues (NFDL), both in the South and North regions. The five-day rigorous training, which kicked off at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre in Gaborone on Monday (yesterday), is aimed at endowing leaders of football clubs to effectually grow football from grassroots level and administer it with indispensable proficiency.

Furthermore, it is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. Officially opening yesterday’s Operation Time for Change for National First Division South, newly appointed Botswana Football League (BFL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Solomon Ramochotlhwane implored all clubs to adapt to club licensing regulations, as this will become a standard tool for commercialization of clubs and football in Botswana – a barometer also used by CAF. The course has so far been administered in all the 17 Regional Football Association (RFA) regions where over 600 graduates have been inducted.

With the BFA steadfast to commercialize football, they saw it apt to also train NFDL clubs as they act as a feeder to the elite league. In his remarks Ramochotlhwane said, “the program comes at a time when the BFA 2020 Annual General Assembly granted National Leagues being BFL and NFDL autonomy which paves way for professionalism.  As one of the milestones of becoming professional, Operations Time for Change Program comes at a time when clubs have been struggling to meet CAF Club Licensing requirements. This was mostly due to lack of Management Skills and Stakeholder Management by football administrators.

National First Division Chairman, Sydney Magagane

At the end of the program, the participants will be equipped with the Leadership Skills to enable them to perform their duties and influence the change they want to see,” and further added, “Good Governance drives success and produce positive results. Football is a sport that has been severely battered by poor governance. This comes as results of members failing to account in getting the right people to lead the teams. Planning – This is an area that has been neglected for a very long time. The time has now come for teams to have strategies to drive their day-to-day, week-in and week-out preparations on how they drive football and its activities. Communication- the greatest source of Conflict amongst people is failure to communicate, hence Clear Communication clears barriers of misunderstanding.”

Ramochotlhwane said it is therefore imminent to develop a sense of urgency around the need for change. He noted that the time for clubs to change is now hence it is necessary for clubs to do away with societal organizations mentality. “This often takes strong leadership and visible support from key people within your organization. Identify the true leaders in your organization, as well as your key stakeholders,” added Ramochotlhwane. For his part, Chairman of National First Division South, Sydney Magagane encouraged all clubs to take the course seriously as it will speed up the professionalization and commercialization aspect of Botswana football in general.

“The course intends to further train more instructors as our journey to commercialization will need more professionally equipped experts to undertake this task. Clubs are what makes the BFA and therefore starting to commercialize all clubs will bolster swift transition into the mother body,” said Magagane. The course started yesterday, Monday until Friday, June 14 – 18 for the NFDS before moving to Francistown for the NFDN on 21 – 25th June 2021.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

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