The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) is on a mission to curb doping in sport through holding training workshops at grassroots level.

A two-day anti-doping training workshop kicked off in Gwanda today and is targeting school teachers, local clubs and association representatives in Matabeleland South Province.

ZOC board member, Mr Stephen Mudawarima said it is critical to curb issues of doping and cheating from the grassroots level so that athletes become disciplined sportsmen.

The Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture concurred, with the Provincial Officer, Frank Baloyi saying the initiative will help produce professional athletes who are able to represent the country at high level tournaments.

Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Provincial Coordinator, Mr Lifa Mpofu said the workshop has been an eye opener while participants said they now have a better appreciation of the topic and the consequences of doping.

Doping is as old as the organised sports as the stimulants and other prohibited substances have been used to enhance players’ performances.

Zimbabwe has not been an exception with players like Devon Chafa having been suspended for using prohibited drugs in the past.