|A player giving it his all at the recent SA National Championships
"Athletes who fail doping tests can face a ban of up to four years for a first offence, but substantial reductions can be imposed if they demonstrate that they did not intend to enhance their performance."
Thus it is obvious that IeSF and its member federations like MSSA will be taking a no-nonsense approach to players (cyber-athletes) who are taking medication to enhance their performance.
It is known that as far back as 2011, MSSA omitted a player from the Protea eSports Team over such issues.
But what of the private events?
Do they comply with WADA?
Will they enforce equality, or will such private events just allow the same-old-same-old where the teams entered can almost do as they please.
How will the privately owned events such as Orena, DGL, and others deal with infractions done by teams while playing online?
Will the Digital Gaming League (DGL) enforce drug-testing during its events to ensure that all teams start on an equal-footing. Especially with so much money at stake, DGL should ensure that there is no cheating - at any level!
One only needs to think back to 2015 where a top team allowed a player to play under a different name.
In terms of the law, operators that do not show due diligence may very well be held liable by the other teams that have been compromised.
To protect all those innocent gamers, all bodies must subscribe to WADA.