June 10, 2015 By: Jariatu S. Bangura
The Sierra Leone Parliament on Thursday June 4 ratified the International Convention against Doping in Sports, which will allow Sierra Leonean athletics – like others the world over – to undergo routine testing.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a meeting in Paris held from 3 to 21 October 2005, adopted the resolution to promote the prevention of and the fight against doping in sports, with a view to its elimination.
In his presentation before the ratification, the Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara, said government has made huge profit venture in sports and that 175 countries have already ratified the convention with Sierra Leone amongst seven others who are lagging behind in ratifying the document.
He said: “Sierra Leone is among the seven countries that are yet to ratify the convention, and failing to ratify it the country will be considered as one of the nations who are encouraging doping activities in sports.”
He stressed that Sierra Leone is on the verge of being blacklisted from competing in international games if the convention is not ratified.
Chairman of the Committee on Sports, Hon. Hassan A. Sesay, said doping has long been used in ancient time and such an issue has been ever present since 1847.
He said now that the convention has been established it is good for the country to ratify it as it will enable Sierra Leonean athletes to participate in international sporting activities
Hon. Mohamed Tholley, in his submission before the ratification process, said passing the convention will be of great help to the country as it will debar youths who want to participate in sporting activities from engaging in the drinking of alcoholic beverages, which is destructive to their health.