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.
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.