IFBB warns Zimbabwe on doping

HARARE - The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) have warned Zimbabwe to guard against doping in the sport.The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) was recently affiliated into the IFBB family on a provisional basis.

Full recognition would be granted at the international body’s international Congress at its Annual General Meeting later in the year.

IFBB general secretary, William Tierney, challenged NFZBBF president, Kenny Murugweni to abide by the association’s constitution and shun any doping-related activities.

“As a matter of course, you, as president and on behalf of the National Federation of Zimbabwe assure that the same National Federation agrees to abide by the Constitution and Rules of the IFBB (Including Anti-Doping Rules; be aware that the IFBB is signatory of the Wada code) and the decisions and rulings of the executive council, and is in full agreement with these principles and rules,” wrote Tierney.

NFZBBF spokesperson, Quiet Shangai, said his federation is set to conduct random tests as well as educating the athletes on what constitutes doping because in most instances athletes consume banned products unknowingly.

“On the issue of doping we are going to do random tests as they do in other federations,” Shangai said.

“But for starters, we have to educate our athletes because they are some over-the-counter products which can result in one being

implicated so education is the first step then we can address the issue from there. IFBB will definitely ban when abuse has been noted.”

Meanwhile, as part of their journey towards full membership, IFBB has also requested NFZBBF to attend the International World Congress and World Championships in Alicante, Spain in November with a single athlete.

“We are going to look at all the winners for all divisions at this year’s Mr and Ms Zimbabwe that is the senior men overall, ladies figure, ladies bikini and men fitness and then ask the panel to recommend who they think stands a chance to represent us well in Alicante,” said Shangai.

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