The good news is that the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport has reported that more 100 schools in South Africa have agreed to do drug testing and that the first five tests per school will be on the house. However thereafter it could cost between R2800 and R3000 per internationally approved test. This means for a school to test only it’s 1st XV starting players like Paarl Gim intends doing, it could set them back R30000 if the free tests are included in the charge. However as it’s known, drug taking is not just limited to 1st XV rugby players nor is it exclusively a concern of rugby or just sports for that matter. In truth the costs for schools to stay ahead in their fight against drugs could become astronomical.
The following schools are hosting drug testing workshops in their regions:
22-Jan-13: Grey High School (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape)
29-Jan-13: Bishops (Cape Town, Western Cape)
29-Jan-13: St John’s (Johannesburg, Gauteng)
12-Feb-13: Kearsney (Botha’s Hill, KZN)
The South African Institute of website contains some useful information on its website as well as a section where you can do your part to clean up sport by report a doping incident directly to them.