Six players test positive for steroids
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.