|Drugs saga raises dust|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 21:38|
The recent unfortunate events that transpired in Utah, United States, involving drug abuse by the national Under-20 side at the Junior World Rugby Trophy have baffled the nation.
The rugby fraternity now anxiously awaits the results from the International Rugby Board investigations while the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) vowed last week that the matter will be dealt with very soon.
The Young Sables have been participating at the event for the past three consecutive years after conquering the African continent and the IRB decided to conduct a random test this year. In 2005, at the Under-19 World Cup hosted by South Africa, several Zimbabwe players passed a doping test.
Notable graduates into the Sables from the Under-20 sides in recent times include fly-half Lenience Tambwera, scrum-half Charles Jiji, wing Kudakwashe Chiwanza, hooker Brian Makamure and flanker Tatenda Karuru, a sign that the conveyor belt can produce real quality.
“The problem is that a coach or teacher cannot follow a player on what he is up to, so there is a need for a core team specialising on anti-doping, but the issue will always come back to the financial aspect as funds are scarce these days for such activities,” said one rugby commentator.
“It really pains some of us, who have proudly represented the national team for a long time but the youngsters do not know how to conduct themselves on and off the field.
“It is a great opportunity to wear the green and white but these youngsters are spoiling the chances they get. This is a disgrace to the rugby community and something should be done,” he said.
ears as players continuously use banned drugs.
Meanwhile, the senior women's rugby side, Pangolins, has been tirelessly training for two months now in preparation for the 2013 IRB Sevens World Cup qualifiers pencilled in for Morrocco in September.
Club, the team has been slowly but surely building up as they played Zambia yesterday.