The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has praised Ethiopia and South Africa for their major contribution to the National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) for the protection of clean sport in Africa.
In its press release sent to ENA, WADA said a three-year partnership agreement between the Ethiopian National Anti-Doping Organization (ETH-NADO) and the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) provided significant benefits to the protection of clean sport in Africa.
The agreement, facilitated and monitored by WADA, said that SAIDS provides support, guidance and expertise to ETH-NADO to build its anti-doping capacity.
Olivier Niggli, Director-General of WADA, said that cooperation between NADOs is essential for regional development.
“Commitment on both sides is very important in these partnerships, and in this case it was outstanding with both national anti-doping organizations fully engaged in the concept and reality of the initiative,” he noted.
According to him, there was regular communication and feedback between the NADOs and with WADA it also ensured that the partnership maintains momentum during the three years.
The partnership has helped build anti-doping capacity and strengthen the system in Ethiopia, further protecting the beauty of the sport in the major sports country in Africa.
Mekonnen Yidersal, CEO of ETH-NADO, said that WADA’s partnership program is crucial to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of NADOs worldwide by fostering a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and trust between countries.
He further added that the partnership creates a platform to share knowledge and experience in the field.