Monday 9 April 2018
Drug testing for Protea Teams.
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".
"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".
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.
Since 2013, IESF has been recognised as the official signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
IESF has thus also developed its own anti-doping regulations and conducted doping tests in line with the WADA Code and guidelines.
Many since 2013 have been surprised when 'requested' to participate in the random testing procedure at IESF World Championships in Bucharest, Baku, Seoul, Jakarta and Busan.
South Africa,being a full member of IESF through Mind Sports South Africa (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.