WELLINGTON, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) will receive a funding boost to respond to emerging doping challenges across international sports.
The additional 4.3 million NZ dollars (about 2.99 million U.S. dollars) over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes' understanding of the risks of doping, as well as enhance its testing program to keep up with changes in technology.
DFSNZ will be introducing improved testing and enhancing their doping investigation capabilities. This includes the introduction of new testing techniques - like Dried Blood Spot testing, Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said in a statement on Monday.
DFSNZ "has a strong international reputation in anti-doping, providing leadership on doping issues in Oceania and further afield," Robertson said.
"This additional investment will allow the agency to work with our athletes and support personnel to preserve and build a culture of clean sport - both in New Zealand and internationally," he added.
DFSNZ is New Zealand's National Anti-Doping Organization which provides technical advice on anti-doping, carries out New Zealand's anti-doping program, and is a signatory to the WADA Code.
Its activities include the education of athletes across the sporting community, athlete testing, investigating evidence of doping, as well as working alongside national and international organizations to share best practices and influence policy development, according to DFSNZ.