Officials alarmed by high-rate of steroid usage among schoolboy rugby players

Officials alarmed by high-rate of steroid usage among schoolboy rugby players

- Officials at the SAIDS expressed their concern about six players testing positive for steroid use at the Craven week

- The organisations said it was alarmed by the overall high-rate of steroid use by schoolboy level players

- The SAIDS presented its 2017/18 annual report to Parliament earlier this week

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Officials at the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports (SAIDS) expressed their concern about six players testing positive for using anabolic steroids to improve their performance at the 2018 Craven Week. The rugby festival traditionally serves as an important platform for young stars to get noticed by academies.

SAIDS said it was alarmed and somewhat shocked by the overall high-rate of steroid use by schoolboy level rugby players and how tolerant coaches and even parents were about the use of banned performance enhancing-substances.

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SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant together with representatives from the SAIDS Board presented its 2017/18 annual report to Parliament’s standing committee for sport earlier this week.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the report includes an overview of its legislative mandate and strategic objectives, organisational performance and accomplishments, and financials as audited by the Auditor-General SA

Sport24.co.za reported that Galant said the number of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) at school level was shocking.

The organisation said it completed a total of 122 tests at this year’s Craven Week of which six tested positive. This compares to the following results for previous years three in 2014, five in 2015, four in 2016 and three in 2017.

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The SAIDS implemented a new drug-free policy at school sports level this year which included in-season testing in addition to random testing at selected tournaments.

This was being undertaken in collaboration with the SA Schools Rugby Association (SASRA) and was supported by the SA Rugby Union and the Department of Sports and Recreation.

The organisation said it would increase its educational materials about the dangers and negative side-effects which youngsters could experience from steroid use.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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