Thursday 6 April 2017
MSSA plans mandatory doping testing for its 2017 National Team Trials
In July 2015 the International eSports Federation, told WIRED.co.uk that the use of substances such as Adderall is "definitely" a problem in the field, and outlined its plans to address the problem in its tournaments. "Definitely, doping is a problem in eSports, as any other existing sport," says IeSF's General Secretary, Mr. Alex Lim. "Activities and performances can all be explained within the range of physiology, and as using the physiological approach, eSports must be directly influenced by any doping activity in terms of performance."
The IeSF has worked vigorously to establish esports as a recognised sport alongside more conventional codes and has thus partnered with TAFISA and the IAAF in recent years, and has enjoyed much success.
As Alex Lim states, "since 2013, IeSF has been recognised as the official signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency,".
IeSF has thus also developed its own anti-doping regulations and conducted doping tests in line with the WADA Code and guidelines.
Many gamers since 2013 have been surprised when 'requested' to participate in the random testing procedure.
South Africa,being a full member of IeSF through MSSA, has no intention of being caught-out or having any athlete fall foul of such testing at IeSF's World Championships.
It is for the above reason that MSSA shall have mandatory drug testing at its National Team Trials.