April 12, 2017 By: Samuel Morgan Yomba
Secretary General of Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Association, Mohamed Abdul Turay, has not hidden his Association backing for the international swimming federation, FINA’s anti-doping programme.
With less than 100 days to go for the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest (Hungary), FINA’s Out-of competition anti-doping programme continues to target the top athletes that will attend the competition.
Already in the first quarter of this year, over 600 testing missions were conducted on 376 athletes from 38 countries. A mission may consist of various tests and analyses: urine sample, blood sample for athlete passport, or blood sample for the detection of prohibited substances/methods.
Backing the this latest policy from the World governing body, Turay said it will not only help the sport but would also give chance and opportunity for simmers in smaller nations to compete in a free and clean competitions with level pool for all.
He said: “We are pleased with these new policies which are not only limited to the athletes but also coaches and officials. As an Association, we will ensure our family work in line with the FINA regulations that is why in our upcoming congress, we are going to include the FINA anti-doping policy as part of our deliberation.”