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Learners to be tested for doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency said sport is fighting a growing battle against the supply of steroids.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says sport is fighting a growing battle against the supply of steroids. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Saturday said sport is fighting a growing battle against the distribution of steroids and illegal drugs.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport hosted a workshop at Wits University to explore ways to fight the scourge

WADA director general David Howman said something drastic needed to be done to change the doping situation.

"The fight against doping is at a crossroads, there are more challenges that we're confronting now than we did 12 years ago."

Howman said other factors contributing to the doping crisis is the lucrative demand for steroids on the black market and exploitive doctors who manufacture the drugs.

The agency further called for more doping tests to be conducted at high schools, as more learners are being offered steroids to enhance their performance.

Earlier in June, it emerged that 2012 Comrades Marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine.

The stimulant is used to enhance one's awareness and alertness.

He is expected to appear in front of a disciplinary hearing soon to testify in his defence.