The Wits Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in conjunction with the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) hosted an international seminar on Sports Law and Anti-Doping recently.
The seminar, which took place on Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 June 2012, addressed current issues relating to anti-doping in sport and the law.
WADA Director David Howman attended the seminar on both days, together with Julien Sieveking, Senior Legal Manager: WADA, and numerous local medical and legal fraternity members involved in anti-doping in South Africa.
The honourable South African Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula attended, in addition to the African office of WADA and numerous African sporting and government delegates being represented.
“The hosting of the international symposium on sports law and Anti-Doping by Wits for the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport was a very important event and very successful,” says Professor Demitri Constantinou, Adjunct Professor: Sports and Exercise Medicine, Director of the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine; and Director of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.
“In 2013 there will be an international conference with over 1500 delegates to finalise the updating of the World Anti-doping Agency’s Code. Incidentally this will be held in Johannesburg. In the interim there are discussions and submissions around the world by all signatories to the Code, of which there are 660. South Africa has a voice in the Code discussion not just for us, but for the continent and for developing communities”, he says.