Doping test crucial for local athletes

Doping test crucial for local athletes

For years now, there have been reports that a section of local players regularly use drugs, particularly bhang, but there have not been evidences to nab offenders. However, a section of soccer players and officials have at times admitted that marijuana smoking among some of the players has been rampant.

Conscious that sport should play an important role in the protection of health, moral, cultural and physical education and in promoting international understanding and peace, TFF president Leodegar Tenga said plans are afoot to conduct drug tests for all Mainland Premier League and senior national soccer team, Taifa Stars, players.

In the exercise, players will be picked randomly and undergo the tests and could receive severe punishment should they be found guilty. Tenga said before starting the procedure, clubs’ officials will need to employ counsellors to explain the effects of drug abuse to the players, so, he said they will start educating them on the matter and later will conduct the tests.

Indeed, due to their scope and sophistication, doping practices are a threat to more than just the world of sport. Though first considered to be no more than a cheating problem, the doping issue has reached such proportions that it has now become a big concern to the society. 

As the stakes involved in sport grow higher and the phenomenon more widespread, the moral values attached to sport are increasingly called into question and the health of athletes increasingly being put at risk. This is why the problem has to seriously be checked and addressed critically.

It is reported that in order to enhance their performance, sportsmen use certain "methods" which optimize the qualities needed for their sport, on the basis of physiological, biological and psychological factors.

But according to researches conducted by experts, there are multiple effects and negative impacts attached to the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. Potentially fatal risks include death and it would be difficult to ignore them, since they happened during competitions and in view of the public and TV cameras.

This, however, is only the visible part of the damage done by doping. Indeed, little is known about its effects once the athlete has left the sports arena or given up his/her career.

We know for sure that several great champions suffered from serious health problems after leaving sport. And we also know that there is a direct relationship between certain drugs and certain health problems, such as heart disease or cancer: the situation that appears to be on the increase.

It is from such facts that we highly support the TFF initiatives. Let us all use sports to promote a clean and healthy society, which is full of role models and not hooligans.

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