SARU fights school doping

2013-01-30 15:47
Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)

What scares Bulls?

2013-01-30 13:26

Check out this Blue Bulls video - what are the Bulls scared of?

Johannesburg - South African rugby bosses on Wednesday backed a new anti-doping education and testing programme for high schools.

The SA Rugby Union (SARU) urged rugby-playing schools to sign up for the initiative, being rolled out in each province by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS).

"We condemn the use of illegal substances and are vigilant in the fight to ensure that this scourge remains limited to a minority," SARU CEO Jurie Roux said.

"SARU is aggressive in its anti-doping strategy and contributes funds to the SAIDS testing programme so that we can reach every level of the game. SARU would encourage all schools to sign up and become part of SAIDS school testing programme."

Roux said SARU had jurisdiction over schoolboy rugby only at SARU Youth Week tournaments, and not at any other school rugby events.

"We’ve collaborated with SAIDS to implement a testing programme at the SARU Youth Weeks, and now test players at the Grant Khomo under-16 tournament; the under-18 Academy tournament; and we randomly test 50 percent of all boys who participate at the under-18 Craven Week," Roux said.

"We’re very pleased that Saids have been able to throw the net wider than we ever could, and we fully support this move to drive pupil education and testing at schools."

In addition to its testing programme, SARU also had education workshops at the Youth Week tournaments to raise awareness about the dangers of doping, the effect positive tests have on players’ careers, and the moral considerations.

"Despite the extensive testing at senior level, no Springbok has tested positive for steroids since 1996," said Roux.

"However, we’re not complacent and are aware that the temptations are much greater at the youth level of the game.

"Rugby has always prided itself as a hard game, but one that is played with the highest regard for fair play and camaraderie. The use of performance-enhancing drugs goes against that creed."

Read more on:    saids  |  saru  |  jurie roux  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Of the current crop of rugby commentators - across all languages - who is your favourite?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.