From the year 2015, athletics caught doping will be given four year bans after a decision to ratify the move was agreed two weeks ago.
However, the President of Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) believes that doping culprits should be given even stiffer sanctions.
Professor Francis Dodoo’s entrenched position on the matter has caught the eye of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has given the Ghanaian the chance to advance his arguments at a global level by appointing him onto its doping committee.
The GAA president further explained his position in an interview with Citi Sports on Friday.
” The rationale that we have given is that a lot of times there are two sides to taking steroids. The first one has to do with the building of strength and power while the second has to do with the fact that steroids help repair damaged tissue. That is why it is used in the hospitals as part of treatment.
For athletes, it means that one can get injure a hamstring but return after a week or so. Questions are then raised about those instances.
However, there is a third and more worrying aspect of taking steroids and that has been our argument for years. An athlete who has honed his technique over time takes a steroid, gets caught and is banned for four years. He will return but his technique will not be lost even though the strength would have diminished.
That is what we have been arguing about and the people at WADA got to know. They then wrote to me asking if I would like to be nominated to serve on their committees.”
In recent months, the World Anti-Doping Agency has been very active in matters concerning countries like Jamaica and Kenya where several athletes have tested positive for taking banned substances. For Ghana, Professor Dodoo’s (who is himself a former athlete) nomination to serve on the WADA Board would keep the country on its toes to ensure that no athlete is found guilty of doping.