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Boost for anti-doping in SA

SAIDS have been given an increase in funding to aid their ongoing battle to combat doping.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - In a boost for the anti-doping fight, South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) have been given an increase in funding to aid their ongoing battle to combat doping.

Earlier this week, SAIDS presented their Performance Plan for the years 2013 and 2018 in front of the Sports Portfolio Committee in Parliament.

SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant says the performance of the agency has been rewarded.

"We have about a 10 percent increase in funding."

Galant shared what the Committee has liked about the SAIDS contribution to anti-doping in South Africa.

"The aspects that they are happy with is that we are discharging our mandate without fear or favour and are confident in the management of the agency and the board that we are discharging our mandate according to what we are supposed to do."

He went on say that government has promised their backing for the future with regards to SAIDS laboratory.

"Director General for Sport Alec Moemi reiterated his support from the government's side that South Africa works to retain the only accredited lab on the continent."