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Who we are

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport’s core focus is to tackle doping in sport in order to ensure a culture of ethics and fair play within South Africa.

We’re passionate about sport. And we’re passionate about our nation’s sporting heroes setting a good example for the younger generation. Not only would we like our athletes to compete drug-free, but we also want them to be proud to say no to doping.

The Drug-Free Sport Act* gives the Institute authority and jurisdiction to carry out drug testing across all sports codes. By doing so we’re inspiring a drug-free sports culture all South Africans can be proud of.

Since the inception of the agency in 1998, we have:

Provided leadership in the development of a national anti-doping strategy in sport.
Developed and implemented a comprehensive drug testing programme that includes all South Africa’s major sporting codes and conforms to the highest international standards of the industry.
Provided education and information on drugs in sport to all its target markets.
Consulted to other African countries on building capacity towards developing an anti-doping infrastructure on the continent.
Collaborated with other national anti-doping agencies throughout the world to achieve international harmonisation and improvement of standards and practices in anti-doping.

Download the 2011 Annual Report
SAIDS 2011 Annual Report

*The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) is a public entity established by an Act of Parliament, Act No. 14 of 1997: “To promote participation in sport free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons; and to provide for matters connected therewith”.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport is an organisation not for gain. As such no dividends are declared to any members or outside parties and all funds received are utilised for the furtherance of the Institute’s objectives as outlined in Section 10 of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport Act No. 14 of 1997. The Institute for Drug-Free Sport receives the majority of its funding from Sport and Recreation South Africa.