The Cameroon Anti-doping Association, known by its French acronym, OCALUDS, has provided clarifications on the suspension of Cameroonian judoka, Njimolou Seidou for nine months for doping.
Seidou was suspended ahead of the Fracophonie games following an off –competition control in July, for consuming a prohibited substance called furosemide.
Fans criticised the suspension following allegations that the control was carried out without athlete’s lawyer and family members. Also, there were claims that the doping case was merely a ploy to settle scores between some officials of the Judo federation.
But, the president of the Anti-doping association, Robert Ndjana speaking to the press said a list of players to be controlled is always drawn long before the control date. In case the person to be screened is absent, such is replaced from a supplementary list.
He said Seidou was in the supplementary list and was asked if he wanted to call his family members before the control and he refused.
“The control team does not manipulate the urine of the athlete; instead, the athlete is taken through the process, does the manipulation and once the container is sealed cannot be open until it gets to the laboratory”.
In Seidou’s case, it was sent to Switzerland for control and the results were positive. A decision which could not appealed. Besides, Seidou, in 2012 OCALUDS screened a Slovak cyclist who tested positive and was suspended for four years.
Concerning football, Dr. Boubakary Sidiki said if there were cases of doping in the national team as Cameroon gears up for the last play-off game against Tunisia on November 17 he would not conceal them.
He said his role in the team is to ensure that the players do not consume prohibited substances and to ensure what they consume is steroids free. To him, if a player refuses the test, this is interpreted to mean the player is positive.
In every football competition, four players each are selected from the two teams and tested 15 minutes to end of the game and the players or staff are never informed ahead of the test, he said.
The Anti-doping association has been working in collaboration with Ministry of Sports and Physical Education to ensure the respect of ethics in sports by preventing cheating.
In nine years OCALUDs has been able to carry out only 34 screenings considered insignificant as the association seems to have been in lethargy for some time.
However, the association is turning a new leave. OCALUDS trained 14 coaches and technical directors on anti-doping franc game programme. There are plans to sensitise youths during the up-coming FENASSCO A and B competitions and install five regional bureaux in 2014.