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Youngsters resort to doping in unofficial private leagues to make easy money

Youngsters resort to doping in unofficial private leagues to make easy money
Professional sports has emerged as a lucrative business in India, with many opportunities for sports marketers to flourish. Following the increase in pro leagues in India since 2008, youngsters are taking up sport in a big way.
However, experts warn that they are choosing a rather easy route to success.
In the last five years, leagues in badminton, wrestling, hockey, kabaddi and football have flourished, providing opportunity to many youngsters, who would otherwise play on domestic circuits, to showcase their skills and make good money.
But some of these private-run leagues have no government recognition and hence no NADA (National Anti Doping Agency) monitoring, which many youngsters are taking advantage of.
Several players are using banned substances to boost their performances. A national level wrestler, on condition of anonymity, told Mail Today that there are several youngsters who are using banned substances to win league matches and make money.
“Money is an important thing. With the popularity of wrestling, private leagues are being held across the country. Young wrestlers, who are least interested in national (government affiliated) events, are joining such private leagues and using banned substances to enhance their performances. They are not only risking their lives but creating a bad culture for the sport. There is nobody to check this menace.
“I think the government should make it mandatory for every league to get their players dope tested by NADA,” the wrestler said. 
When contacted, NADA chief Navin Aggarwal said, “We only conduct tests for events which are affiliated with SAI (Sports Authority of India). For other pro-leagues, if we get a request we do the tests. In such cases, we charge organizers, but for government events we do it free of cost.”
Talking to Mail Today, Olympian and recently turned pro boxer Akhil Kumar expressed concern over the mess and urged the government to look into the matter.
“We need to conduct seminars on dope. There are players and even the coaches who do not know which substances to avoid. Everything is on paper but it’s time to implement it.
“If I am not wrong, India is third on the WADA list of the number of dope cases but in the medals list we are way below. The government should come up with the solution else what happened with Russia will soon happen with India. Experienced and star athletes should also come up to aware athletes on doping since they have so many followers,” he added.
Fitness is of utmost importance to athletes, but steroids are a complete no. “This is why athletes are tested before competitions and the ones found consuming steroids aren’t allowed to compete. We need such stringent measures outside competitive sports too,” Akhil added.
A fitness expert Gaurav Sharma said youths are in a hurry to achieve success. “They (Youngsters) want to build their body in six months. For that they go for supplements and worse they use injections to pump up their bodies. This is very dangerous. Some of the coaches in the Gym, they are ruining lives of many with energy boosters for quick results.
“Students of colleges and schools even came to me asking for six-pack abs in a month or so. I try to explain to them that it is absolutely not possible and you need to give some time to get good results. But then they think that I am fooling them and they go to other gyms. If you check records, recently many youngsters died because of this quick six-pack abs craziness,” Gaurav added.
He further explained that there are two kinds of steroids – anabolic and cortico. Both have medicinal purposes.
But it is the anabolic kind, majorly derived from testosterone, which is generally used and misused by people to achieve a buffed body speedily. According to reports, in March, Bengaluru police booked a gym owner and instructor after a youth who wanted a six-pack allegedly followed his advice and took steroids with fatal consequences.
Kiran, 26, a resident of Cubbonpet in central Bengaluru and a contract driver with the excise department, died at a private hospital. His mother Chandramma later lodged a police complaint stating that the gym owner was responsible for her son’s death.


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