Doping pupils could face expulsion

2013-01-21 13:14

Cape Town - Children who use banned performance-enhancing drugs in school sports could face expulsion from Monday, the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) said.

CEO Khalid Galant said the institute was rolling out a testing programme in schools on Monday in an effort to stamp out "the growing scourge" of steroid and drug use in school sports.

"The schools' testing strategy is no longer just about catching 'in-competition' drug cheats," he said.

"It is now about protecting the health of our children and making them realise the dangers of doping and the importance of responsibilities as a school-going athlete."

A principal could initiate a test on a pupil or pupils if there were fair and reasonable grounds for suspected prohibited substance use.

The case would be referred to SAIDS, which would then send a doping control officer to test the pupil, in the presence of the principal or school official and an adult witness of the same gender as the pupil.

The test would be done in a private area and doping control documentation would be filled out.

Minimum of three months’ sanction

The pupil would be tested for steroids, diuretics and other masking agents, hormone and metabolic modulators, and stimulants.

If the test came back positive, SAIDS would inform the principal and would provide guidelines for disciplinary action.

All substances carried a minimum of a three months’ sanction from the sport and a maximum sentence of expulsion. This would be decided by the school's governing body.

Galant said the testing protocol was drafted by leading sports attorneys and took the Schools Act into account.

A national road show would take place until next Thursday to explain the protocol on a legal and educational basis.

Workshops would be held at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, Bishops in Cape Town next Tuesday, St John’s College in Johannesburg the same day, and Kearsney College in KwaZulu-Natal on February 12.

Galant said schools which formally adopted the protocol would be accredited as SAIDS compliant for a year.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-21 13:23

    In future testing for banned substances will be called getting LANCED.

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-01-21 14:23

      I like that - hehehe

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-01-21 13:26

    And now we can also have drug tests and alchohol tests on ALL pupils at high schools and also teachers pls,not good enough just for sports.

      gary.desousa.5 - 2013-01-21 14:33

      I failed spelling but never took drugs.

  • Jacques - 2013-01-21 13:29

    I doubt much will improve with this. Who decides what is fair grounds to suspect the pupil? As if these big, rich schools will get saids involved with their own star athletes. Loophole the size of the titanic.

  • bob.moodley.9 - 2013-01-21 13:38

    about time for this

  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-01-21 13:51

    Sport is just not what it used to be!!

  • thegriffen - 2013-01-21 13:51

    In this form I doubt much impact will be made. The big schools benefit too greatly from top sports performances to risk bad press, and poor team performance by blowing the whistle on their own pupils. For doping in schools to be curbed it has to be operated by an independent body completely separate from the schools.

  • tulani.tshaka - 2013-01-21 13:53

    don't wana sound racist or anything but White School and their rugby players it's about time they pay the price... these kids in high school especially rugby players they look older than their ages.... they should all get LANCED

      brett.michielin - 2013-01-21 14:26

      Its all children that come from families that can afford it. Over the matric rage in ballito the kids black white and indian were all huge. It goes hand in hand with sporty schools unfortunately.

  • joshua.t.thomson - 2013-01-21 13:56

    Its called genetics

      byron.matthews.562 - 2013-01-22 16:55

      It's called Creatine

  • stan.luthuli - 2013-01-21 14:02

    that's dope!

  • Romank - 2013-01-21 14:11

    Most of the time it is the coaches that gives the kid the stuff. So what happens to them?????

  • sbisschoff - 2013-01-21 14:13

    Sport just isnt sport anymore. It's sad that things have come to this and the pressure put on kids to perform on the sportsfield.

  • carrie.debruyn - 2013-01-22 08:09

    Many of the schools will do nothing, knowing that their athletes are abusing. If the reputation of the school for the 'best' rugby/athletics etc. is at stake, will they perform/allow testing?

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