Botswana Anti-Doping Agency in alliance with Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) and Botswana Private Tertiary Institutions Association conducted an anti-doping workshop at Limkokwing University to educate sports personnel on the dangers of consuming performance enhancing substances. Speaking at the workshop Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) chairperson Kgosana Masaseng imposed his concerns on the lack of knowledge on doping amongst football players. “As representatives of players we are concerned that our members are not taken care of in terms of education on doping. I believe through empowerment of this nature it will be easy for us tackle the issue of doping as at FUB we are concerned about the future of local football players,” Masaseng said.
FUB Medical Committee’s chairperson, Patrick Zibochwa, the knowledge gap on doping amongst football players needs no be filled as not only their future is not at stake but that of Botswana. FUB has come up with a strategy named the Bio psychosocial Model. “This model basically observes the prevention, curative and rehabilitative aspects of doping as we know these performance enhancing substances are there. We are to educate players on medical conditions induced by performance enhancing substances and at the same time offer them psychological classes if at all they become victims of doping,” highlighted Zibochwa.
Police XI Betsho Pius said they are grateful to have been invited to the workshop to understand more about doping. “We do not even know what to eat or not because we do not have dieticians. We can end up consuming banned substances not knowing that they are dangerous to us,” Pius said. WADA regional officer Andrew Kamanga warned that using performance enhancing substances puts individuals’ health and future at danger. “Let us take Amantle Montsho as an example; doping destroyed her fantastic sports career. She is losing a lot of money that she could be making if she was still active in sports,” noted Kamanga. He said Botswana has lost four athletes due to doping from athletics and rugby.