The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will this be conducting at least 10 random doping tests after getting the green light from football governing mother body, ZIFA and other sponsors and stakeholders and as part of awareness and education campaign held a workshop attended by all PSL club doctors and physiotherapists in the capital.

The workshop sought to ensure the PSL clubs, PSL and ZIFA are on the same page in terms of preparedness as a country in doping control programmes.

The regulations according to FIFA mandates the ZIFA medical committee together with the national association to conduct anti-doping test and programmes.

Facilitators Dr Edward Chagonda and Nick Munyonga sought to educate the PSL clubs and team doctors among other issues on the world anti-doping programme, doping and sports medicines ethics, the prohibited lists, the doping process, heath consequences, PCMA and injury report forms as well as practical issues and case studies, nutrition and emergencies in football and current trends in treatment in football.

Dr Chagonda said it costs at least US$550 to conduct a single anti-doping test and the PSL and its stakeholders and sponsors have agreed to conduct random tests this year.

“We are introducing doping tests this year, we are targeting at least 10 tests,” she said.

Dr Nick Munyonga said since 2004 when mbanje or cannabis, a widely abuses substance was banned for posing a threat to health of athletes and violates the spirit of sport Zimbabwe has had one player banned for violation of anti-doping.

“Mbanje poses a threat to health of athletes and violates the spirit of sport it results in poor co-ordination, memory loss, mood swings, violent behaviour, and lung cancer four times than the normal cigarette and can lead to breadth loss,” he said.

Dr Munyonga said from the first of October each year the list of banned substances is updated and comes into effect each year in January and is published on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and FIFA website.

The workshop was designed to equip the club doctors to educate the players on international standards of testing, prohibited substances list, therapeutic exemptions and compliance, investigation and research methods.