The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that a three-year partnership agreement between the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) and the Ethiopian National Anti-Doping Organization (ETH-NADO) has yielded significant benefits for the protection of clean sport in Africa.
The agreement, which was facilitated and monitored by WADA, saw SAIDS provide support, guidance and expertise to ETH-NADO in building its anti-doping capacity. It is one of a number of such agreements, instigated by WADA, designed to give developing National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) access to the resources and experience of other, more developed and experienced NADOs.
Specifically, during the course of the partnership, improvements were made to the following aspects of Ethiopia’s anti-doping program:
- Organization and structure of ETH-NADO
- Doping control programs, including urine and blood testing
- Intelligence and investigations, including whistleblower provisions
- Education and information for athletes
- Results management
In addition, while SAIDS was providing the mentoring to ETH-NADO, this partnership was also very beneficial to SAIDS itself, especially in terms of upskilling staff and highlighting areas where improvements could be made to its own program. Based on this experience, ETH-NADO has now committed to assisting other developing NADOs, ensuring that the system continues to be strengthened throughout the region.
WADA’s Regional Offices – in this case the Agency’s Africa office located in Cape Town, South Africa – work closely with the Agency’s Program Development and NADO/RADO Relations Department to provide support to NADOs and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs). In addition to the regular guidance WADA provides to NADOs and RADOs, the Agency also facilitates these types of NADO-NADO partnerships where there is a need for a more structured and strategic approach to development.
The objective of these partnerships is to help NADOs further develop and build capacity, with the more developed NADOs acting as mentors for the less developed NADOs, sharing their experience and expertise through detailed project plans. This approach has resulted in several successful NADO-NADO partnerships over the past few years, including between the NADOs of the following countries: Norway-Kenya; Canada-Jamaica; Poland-Azerbaijan; and United Kingdom-Belarus. Other such partnerships are ongoing.