Bangalore: The National Anti-Doping Agency
today warned athletes and sports persons to be wary of banned
drugs, saying they would ultimately be held responsible and
not their coaches or others who encourage them to take
steroids to boost their performance.
Speaking to the athletes and the huge contingent of
hockey coaching campers at the South Centre of Sports
Authority of India here, Dr V Jayaraman, Senior Project
Manager of NADA, said consumption of banned drugs could reduce
"a sports hero to zero."
Jayaraman said there was need to increase awareness among
athletes and sports persons about banned substances both by
NADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
They should be fully aware of the medication they were
taking, Jayaraman said, a day after a NADA team led by him
conducted raids at the SAI centre and took urine samples from
the campers there for testing.
The raid was part of the countrywide crackdown on doping
in sports following the recent doping scandal involving eight
Indian track and field athletes.
NADA had last week conducted surprise raids at the rooms
of campers and coaches at National Institute of Sports Patiala
and took urine samples from the trainees there for testing.
Eight track and field athletes tested positive for
anabolic steroids in one of the worst doping scandals.
Jayaraman said NADA had taken 8,000 blood samples from
various sports persons since 2009 and as many as 200 cases had
been booked. Of these, action had been taken in 130 cases.
He said NADA would provide full help to the Sports
Authority of India in setting up a testing centre.
Newly-appointed Indian Hockey coach Michael Nobbs of
Australia told sportspersons that they shared a large
responsibility in ensuring that their future was not affected.