Springboks, Proteas face national flag and Anthem ban over doping compliance

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Springboks, Proteas face national flag and Anthem ban over doping compliance

South Africa has fewer than 10 days to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code or the Springboks and Proteas will be unable to fly the country’s flag in their respective World Cups.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport Amendment Bill is being rushed into law, according to the Department of Sports Arts and Culture.

This occurred after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a warning that the present South African legal system does not adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA’s Executive Committee opted to support 10 recommendations made by the organization’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC), according to a statement issued on September 22.

t further named Bermuda and South Africa as the only two countries that are not compliant with three Anti-Doping Organizations with the World Anti-Doping Code.

“The two National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) in question are Bermuda and South Africa, and the Major Event Organization (MEO) in question is the Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports).

“In the cases of the Bermuda and South Africa NADOs, the non-compliance is a result of legislation not in line with the 2021 Code. The proposed consequences and reinstatement conditions for these NADOs can be found here. 

“For Panam Sports, the non-compliance is a result of non-conformities in implementing an effective testing program,” said WADA in a statement.

The Springboks may not be able to play with the South African flag or sing the national anthem during next week’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal as a result of breaking the rules.

The Proteas in the Cricket World Cup in India, which begins on Thursday, will also be subject to this.

The non-compliance result won’t have an impact on drug testing in South African sports, the sports minister Zizi Kodwa promised athletes, sports federations, and the general public in a statement issued on September 22.

Source: Jacaranda FM News

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