BNOC defends Makwala

SHARE   |   Monday, 05 March 2018   |   By Ontametse Sugar
BNOC defends Makwala

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) CEO Tuelo Serufho called an impromptu press conference on Friday to deal with issues of alleged doping by some of the country’s top athletes. This was after a new report emerged that top star runner Isaac Makwala has been difficult with anti-doping agency, resulting with them writing to local authorities to help tame his waywardness.   Serufho however cleared that Makwala has been tested and has got no matter to answer before the World Anti-Doping (WADA) committee or the African anti-doping committee.  Makwala himself has expressed shock at media reports that he dodged being tested. He said he didn’t know where such allegations come from as he has never refused to be tested.   Serufho raised his disappointment with the number of local athletes that have been having matters to answer before the world doping committee. He said there has been another athlete whose samples have been found with prohibited substances but that does not have anything to do with Makwala.   “We are worried that we still get doping cases. We have four cases where our athletes have been sanctioned, and recently we learnt of one track athlete who was said to have used a banned substance and the case of that particular athlete is still undergoing result management and upon completion we shall be told about the outcome,” he said.  He underlined that they protect the athletes’ identity until proven guilty because before they are sanctioned they will be doing a disservice to them by revealing who they are. He said once everything is completed they are supposed to publish the names.  “We are disappointed because if not all most of the athletes have tested positive to doping have been through the doping training and with that we express our dissatisfaction,” he said. Serufho said they will have campaigns in the next few weeks about anti-doping. He said the local organising committee will have their own sanctions that they can use on the local athletes so as to avoid the embarrassment at an international stage.  



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