DRUG TESTING IN EFC
Hear from SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant
13 February 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa - South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) CEO Khalid Galant recently appeared on the Big Al Podcast talking about SAIDS and EFC. Galant provides clear explanations on the relationship between EFC and SAIDS including the standardized procedures across all sporting codes that affects EFC and its athletes.
Listen to the full podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-724016817/khalid-galant-saids
Galant gives praise to EFC specially for the work the organisation is doing in attempting to make Mixed Martial Arts clean and fair in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“EFC has been very proactive in assisting us with getting the message out there.”
“An EFC bout at GrandWest Casino versus an UFC fight in Vegas. The athletes are tested the same way for the same substances with the same procedures. The laboratories use the same protocols for analysis.”
All testing is conducted independently by SAIDS. EFC, in conjunction with the sport 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.
For detailed breakdown of banned substances and testing protocol, visit: www.drugfreesport.org.za
All eyes now turn to EFC 57: Kabesa vs Henry, presented by BetXchange.com on Saturday 4 March 2017 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale soon at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on www.efcworldwide.com.