Six play­ers test pos­i­tive for steroids

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - CRAIG RAY

Six play­ers tested pos­i­tive for an­abolic steroids at the 2018 Craven Week‚ ac­cord­ing to the SA In­sti­tute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Khalid Galant re­vealed the wor­ry­ing statis­tic at a pre­sen­ta­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual re­port to par­lia­ment this week.

Three school­boy play­ers were among seven pos­i­tive dop­ing tests in rugby be­tween April 2017 and March‚ which also re­vealed 46 ad­verse find­ings (pos­i­tive dope tests) from 1‚659 tests across all sports.

Galant said the num­ber of Anti-Dop­ing Rule Vi­o­la­tions (ADRVs) at school­boy rugby level was “alarm­ing” and ex­pressed con­cern at “the high tol­er­ance of par­ents and coaches to dop­ing prac­tices”. This is based on the 122 tests done dur­ing the 2018 Craven Week tour­na­ment and an alarm­ing six play­ers test­ing pos­i­tive‚ all re­lated to an­abolic steroids. The num­ber of pos­i­tive tests in re­cent years was three in 2014‚ five in 2015‚ four in 2016 and three in 2017.

Ear­lier this year, Galant wrote to school rugby tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers ex­plain­ing the SAIDS Clean School Sport Pol­icy‚ in terms of which “anti-dop­ing de­tec­tion‚ de­ter­rence and pre­ven­tion strategies will be ex­tended to in­clude in-com­pe­ti­tion test­ing at se­lected school sport events and tour­na­ments”.

“The in­di­vid­ual par­tic­i­pat­ing schools are en­cour­aged to sched­ule an an­ti­dop­ing ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion so that learn­ers‚ coaches and par­ents are aware of the test­ing process‚ what to ex­pect‚ the dan­gers of dop­ing‚ risks of us­ing di­etary or sports sup­ple­ments and the ed­u­ca­tional re­sources avail­able to pre­vent fall­ing foul of anti-dop­ing reg­u­la­tions‚” he wrote.

SA Rugby said it sup­ported SAIDS and con­demned the use of per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs.

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