Johannesburg - Since inception of the
organisation, EFC has spearheaded the growth, development and safety of
MMA throughout Africa.
EFC funded and ran its own anti-doping programme
However, at the end of April 2015 the South African Institute
for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), which is an agency compliant with the
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) implemented an anti-doping programme
that EFC now follows.
SAIDS has been implementing testing on EFC athletes during competition
and has recently found that EFC lightweight Cole Henning tested positive
for banned substances.
SAIDS informed EFC that the athlete tested positive for the following substances: Methylhexaneamine
This substance can be found in supplementation products which are
readily available on shelves at chemists throughout South Africa.
The charged athlete has been through the required protocols, where he
was allowed the opportunity to present his case at an official hearing
on January 26, 2016. Henning was found by SAIDS to be guilty of using a
banned substance and has subsequently been banned, by SAIDS, from
competition for a period of four years.
“Of course this news comes as a great disappointment, but we are
confident that this positive test result and the following process will
assist in ensuring a clean and fair sport for all athletes,” stated EFC
president Cairo Howarth.
He continued, “We always have and always will
strive for a safe and fair playing field for our athletes competing in
the Hexagon. We thank SAIDS for their thorough testing protocols and
helping us keep MMA to a clean and ethical standard.
He further added, “Considering that the substance tested positive for
was likely an ingredient from a pre-workout that was picked off the
shelf at a pharmacy, we feel that Henning’s punishment was significantly
harsh. We are advising Henning to appeal the decision. EFC will adhere
to any ruling by SAIDS.”
Howarth concluded, “EFC has pioneered the way forward for anti-doping in
Mixed Martial Arts internationally, by becoming the first MMA
organisation in the world to officially align with the World Anti-Doping
Code, and we are looking forward to continuing to make MMA the safest
and most exciting combat sport in the world.”
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 November 13, 2015, all testing by SAIDS was done during
competition. EFC recently announced that SAIDS would be conducting
out-of-competition testing in addition to in-competition testing being
conducted by SAIDS at EFC events since April 29, 2015. Before then, EFC’s
anti-doping programme was facilitated by Drug Detection International.
For detailed breakdown of banned substances and testing protocol, visit: http://www.drugfreesport.org.za/