Friday, October 5, 2012

Sports Doping and Prohibited Substances in India


Doping is the act of mixing drugs and other impure substances to otherwise pure semiconductor substrates. This increases the electrical properties of the pure semiconductor substrate, which results in improved stamina and strength of the sports person who consumes it.

While steroids may increase the level of performance of a player, it also has its bad effects. Certain anabolic agents, such as Anabolic Androgenic Steroids, Clenbuterol, Zeranol and Zilapaterol are strictly prohibited for consumption, by world doping associations and sports bodies. A certain amount of steroids is also present in medicines sometimes routinely prescribed by a physician or doctor. However, these medicines contain a controlled dosage of steroids, which do not have harmful effects in the long run. On the other hand, an overdose of prohibited substances and drugs, can be very harmful in the long run.

The Dope Test Centre in India

The Dope Test Centre (DCC) tends to conduct dope tests both before and within a particular sports tournament. It also disseminates information on various prohibited substances, so that players refrain from using them. The DCC also trains scientists and sports administrators in anti-doping, to increase their knowledge about steroid, drug and dope use.

The Dope Test Centre in India also organizes seminars and campaigns for creating awareness about prohibited substances, not only amongst sports persons, but also amongst doctors, coaches and sports administrators. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) provides grant-in-aids to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for this purpose, under whose administrative control the DCC functions.

Steroids and other impure substances have a tendency to affect hormone growth, and this has its aftermath when a sportsperson begins exhibits unnatural growth of muscles, facial hair, and so on. Erythropoietin, Insulin-like growth factors, Mechano Growth Factors, Gonadotrophins and Corticotrophins are such prohibited doping substances, which have similar biological effects on a sports persons body.

These substances may be allowed on a doctor's prescription, but their intake is strictly checked by the Dope Test Centre in India through blood and urine samples, to ensure that sportspersons do not overdose on medicines and get banned.

Any sportsperson or player who tests positive in a dope test may have their medals and achievements taken away, or may be banned for a few years, or may be even be given a lifetime ban. In India, many weightlifters and athletes have been penalised for doping. Athletes usually learn doping from coaches, usually foreign coaches from Eastern Europe, who have experience in using prohibited substances to improve performance without getting caught.

The smarter the coach's doping strategy, the least likely it is for a sportsperson to get caught for doping and steroid use. Most athletes admit to doing some form of doping to increase performance levels, especially in strength and stamina related sports, like weightlifting, boxing and athletics. However, if a sportsperson ever gets caught for doping, don't expect coaches or the sports establishment's support. You're a cheat, and you stand alone!

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