It's been revealed that at least six schoolboy rugby players tested positive for doping at Craven Week 2018.
The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) has presented its 2017/18 annual report and revealed that a total of 1 659 athletes were tested during the year.
These included 1 312 urine tests, 296 blood tests and 29 tests for EPO (erythropoietin).
A total of 46 anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) were detected during the period.
Saids CEO Khalid Galant and other representatives presented the findings before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Sport on Tuesday.
Galant explains that a total of 122 tests of Craven Week players were undertaken in 2018, both during the tournament and out-of-competition.
He says doping behaviour is partly influenced by pressure to perform, the popularity of schoolboy rugby, and the values deficit seen in South African society.
According to Galant, there seems to be a growing tolerance for doping behaviour in schoolboy rugby.
He adds that parents and coaches are aware and complicit, with some even administering the steroids for the pupils.
Each one of the boys tested positive for a cocktail of steroids, that's the great concern that we have.— Khalid Galant, CEO at SA Institute For Drug Free Sport
The drugs that these boys tested positive for is mostly injected through a needle.— Khalid Galant, CEO at SA Institute For Drug Free Sport
We're not seeing a downtrend or plateauing of this kind of behaviour.— Khalid Galant, CEO at SA Institute For Drug Free Sport
We're actually seeing a greater tolerance for doping behaviour in schoolboy rugby.— Khalid Galant, CEO at SA Institute For Drug Free Sport
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