World Football governing body, FIFA has always been tough on doping, putting into effect the guidelines set by World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).
For any player found in breach of the set principles, sanctions or suspensions are put into effect.
It is upon this background that FUFA always finds it necessary to organize anti doping sessions for National Teams prior to any competition.
With the Uganda Cranes in camp preparing for the forthcoming African Nations Championship in Algeria early next year, players and officials on Saturday had an interactive and educative session regarding doping.
The facilitators included Dr. Apollo Ahimbisibwe who is also a FUFA Executive Committee member, Christopher Edward Mboowa and Patricia Tendo Nanteza.
The session had topics ranging from anti-doping code, prohibited list of substance and methods, therapeutic use Exemptions, dangers and consequences of doping, the doping control process and rights plus responsibilities of athlete among others.
Dr. Apollo cautioned players to always be transparent in whatever they do to avoid any concerns.
“You could be having an health problem but before using any drugs, please make consultations and get advise from the team doctors to avoid future challenges. You may not necessarily use a certain drug to enhance performance but it could contain substances that are banned by WADA.” He stated.
Mboowa explained that doping tests are done randomly and players should never desist when called upon.
“The doping tests are done randomly. Do you remember after the game against Rwanda in Kitende, Fahad Bayo was picked up and taken to have a test. You are going to CHAN but when they select you, please do not desist because that would call for sanctions.” He indicated.
Nanteza a therapist and life skills coach cautioned players against bad practices such as usage of drugs and also asked them to be disciplined.
“You are lucky to be part of this set up. How many players are not here that would have loved? You should thank God that your talent has elevated you to this level and when you go out to compete, give in your best. Do not take drugs to enhance performance because they affect your body.” She said.
Uganda is in Group B of the 2022 CHAN tournament alongside Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Ivory Coast.