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Some coaches lead their wards the wrong way: Mary

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 31: Celebrated Indian boxer M C Mary Kom Thursday said some coaches are to be blamed for the ever-prevalent doping menace in the country as they lead the athletes the �wrong way�.

The 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist and six-time world champion advocated bringing coaches into the ambit of anti-doping awareness training imparted by the national watchdog, the NADA.

�We need to teach the coaches also. They will also have to be made aware, given training about the prohibited substances,� the 36-year-old six-time world champion said at the closing ceremony of the National Conference on Anti-Doping.

�Unfortunately, some coaches take their wards the wrong way. They take them to a different way,� she said in the presence of sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Coaches being hand-in-gloves with athletes in usage of banned substances to win medals and later financial rewards from the government is well known in Indian sports but few have aired their views in public.

�Some athletes want everything immediately. They do not want to toil to achieve success and so they use these banned drugs,� she said.

�I am proud that I am a clean athlete throughout my career. This is because NADA people are after me all the time,� she quipped.

The Manipuri, however, said that she remains alert all the time and takes even routine medicines after consultation with her doctor. � PTI

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Some coaches lead their wards the wrong way: Mary

NEW DELHI, Jan 31: Celebrated Indian boxer M C Mary Kom Thursday said some coaches are to be blamed for the ever-prevalent doping menace in the country as they lead the athletes the �wrong way�.

The 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist and six-time world champion advocated bringing coaches into the ambit of anti-doping awareness training imparted by the national watchdog, the NADA.

�We need to teach the coaches also. They will also have to be made aware, given training about the prohibited substances,� the 36-year-old six-time world champion said at the closing ceremony of the National Conference on Anti-Doping.

�Unfortunately, some coaches take their wards the wrong way. They take them to a different way,� she said in the presence of sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Coaches being hand-in-gloves with athletes in usage of banned substances to win medals and later financial rewards from the government is well known in Indian sports but few have aired their views in public.

�Some athletes want everything immediately. They do not want to toil to achieve success and so they use these banned drugs,� she said.

�I am proud that I am a clean athlete throughout my career. This is because NADA people are after me all the time,� she quipped.

The Manipuri, however, said that she remains alert all the time and takes even routine medicines after consultation with her doctor. � PTI