Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom on Thursday said that some coaches are to be blamed for the ever-prevalent doping menace in the country as they lead the athletes the “wrong way”.
She was speaking at The National Conference on Anti-Doping in the presence of Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
The six-time world champion said that the coaches needed to be made aware 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. Unfortunately, some coaches take their wards the wrong way. They take them to a different way,” she said.
“Some athletes want everything immediately. They do not want to toil to achieve success and so they use these banned drugs. I am proud that I am a clean athlete throughout my career. This is because NADA people are after me all the time,” Mary quipped.
However, the boxer champion said that she remains alert all the time and takes even routine medicines after consultation with her doctor.
Careful as a boxer in taking medicines
“I ask my doctor whenever I have to take medicine for normal illness also. For even cold and viral fever, I ask my doctor because there may be components in these medicines which may be in the list of banned substances and they will enter my system. My honour is most paramount and I have never ever thought of using drugs to perform better. That is why I have to be cautious and careful,” Mary added.
“When some Indian athletes are caught for doping in international events, it affects every athlete of the country. The whole country is embarrassed,” concluded Mary Kom.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also spoke at the event
Speaking at the event, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said, “You can learn by losing and it is better to lose and learn something out of that instead of winning a medal through unfair means (doping). When you win a medal and know that you did by doping, you will not be able to stand in front of the mirror and see yourself.”
“I don’t look at the Athens medal often after winning it because the medal is not everything in sport. How I reached there and how I have achieved it by learning things with the hunger to win is more important. A medal is not the ultimate thing, but winning it through honour is more important,” he added.
“After I drink water from my bottle I would cover it with my finger, fearing that somebody may put something into it. Initially, I would use plastic bottles but later I would use glass bottles so that it is not possible to inject something into my water or drinks,” he concluded.
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