Johannesburg, South Africa – The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) implements dope testing on EFC athletes during competition and out-of-competition. As testament to the organisation’s goal of providing a safe and fair environment for athletes to compete in, all tested athletes from EFC 53 plus all recent out-of-competition tests on other athletes have come back clean.
“This is great, but they are the results we expect,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. “The athletes continue to impress with their professionalism and keeping the sport to the highest standard.”
These results come ahead of Bahati’s middleweight title fight against David Buirski.
All testing is conducted independently by SAIDS. EFC, in conjunction with the sports association MMA SA PRO, follows the protocols put forth by SAIDS under the direction of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Up until 13 November 2015, all testing by SAIDS was done during competition. SAIDS now conducts out-of-competition testing in addition to in-competition testing being conducted by SAIDS at EFC events since 29 April 2015. Before then, EFC’s anti-doping programme was facilitated by Drug Detection International and funded by EFC.
For detailed breakdown of banned substances and testing protocol, visit: http://www.drugfreesport.org.za/