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

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. 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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