Race to finalise anti-doping bill

On track: Botswana has faced doping challenges particularly with athletics PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
On track: Botswana has faced doping challenges particularly with athletics PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Botswana is racing against the clock to finalise the National Anti-Doping (NADO) Bill, a process in its advanced stages. The amendments are set for parliamentary debate before seeking approval from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The existing Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Act of 2014 passively touch on some anti-doping matters. The Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport, and Culture (MYSC) permanent secretary, Kitso Kemoeng, informed MmegiSport that the NADO Bill is in an advanced stage.

Being a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, Botswana is actively working on amendments in collaboration with the Attorney General and consultation with WADA. "We are working on the amendments with the Attorney General and liaising with WADA. Further submissions were made this week from other stakeholders, and they will be added to the Bill," Kemoeng explained.

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