Tuesday 17 January 2017

Tony Ward: Why I’m backing drug testing at schools level

Published 08/11/2011 | 05:00

I'm sure I am no different to many out there when I say it was with mixed feelings that I initially greeted the confirmation that schoolboy rugby players are to effectively face anti-doping drug tests.

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The Irish Sports Council may claim they have no desire to catch people out but, when all is said and done, that is and must continue to be the bottom-line objective -- despite Dr Una May (director of the anti-doping unit) rightly emphasising the educational element.

As one involved in schoolboy rugby for the best part of half a century, I fret at the thought of a drug culture infiltrating the underage game. The romantic in me wants it to be as squeaky clean as it was when I was playing at that level myself.

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