Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA
Accra, Sept. 20, GNA – Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie,
Member of Parliament for Effiduase/Asokore, has been appointed as the chairman
of a nine-member National Anti-Doping Committee (NADC) for Ghana.
The committee, is to produce a legal
framework, that would ensure that Ghanaian athletes, compete fairly on both
local and international platforms.
Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister for Youth and
Sports, who inaugurating the board, charged the NADC to among others to come up
with a framework that would lead to the establishment of an independent
national anti-doping commission, which would ensure that, athletes refrain from
using banned substances in any discipline.
According to him, Ghana being one of the 43 signatories
to UNESCO’s International Convention against Doping in Sports, the country was
committed to the fight against doping in sports.
“There has always been the need for the
establishment of a national anti-doping commission, which would require
countries to compete fairly as sanctioned by UNESCO convention.
“The ministry in aiding the cause for a free
and fair competition has been regular in the payments of its anti-World Doping
He noted that, the committee, which was made
of capable Ghanaians, who have distinguished themselves in their area of
expertise, must come out with sound legislative and legal framework that would
stand the test of time in fighting doping in sports.
“Cheating must not be allowed to go on
and that can only happen when we have a sound legal framework that can fight
doping in sports. Today, it’s a good news for Ghana sports, as we have taken a
giant step in ensuring, that we have an anti-doping commission,” he said.
Dr Afriyie, speaking on behalf of the team
said, “the committee definitely would look towards developing programs,
that would make sure that Ghanaian sports men and women were always clean in
their various fields”.
According to him, the work had begun long ago
with “doping officers conducting random tests on players all the time, so, it’s
not as if, work has not been done. We have been working hard and we would
develop a policy that would make efforts against anti-doping very
The NADC being the third of its kind in Africa
with only South Africa and Kenya having independent anti-doping bodies, would
have Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah as the Vice Chairman, with Mr Emmanuel Dormenyah
(Ghana Education Service), Mrs Olivia Agyekumwaa Boateng (Food and Drugs
Authority), Mr Mark Harrison Amankwa (National Pharmacy Council), Dr Prince
David Pambo (Medical and Dental Council, Mrs Sefakor Batse (Attorney Generals
Department), Dr Aryetey and Paul Atchoe (Vice President of the GOC) all being
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NADC, would
leave Ghana for Seychelles for the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee
Meeting, which would in the interim develop programs to enhance operations of
anti-doping officials in Ghana.