Sathish exhorts young athletes to stay away from doping

05 Jun 2022, Panchkula: Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sahtish Sivalingam today exhorted young athletes to stay away from the scourge of doping in their pursuit of excellence. Addressing competitors in the SBI Khelo India Youth Games at an anti-doping workshop, the 29-year-old shared insights from his journey as a champion weightlifter.

“I am glad and grateful to my mother for educating me to be careful in not having even a cup of coffee outside since I would be responsible for everything that went into my body,” Satish said, explaining how simple mistakes could lead to disastrous results in case of contamination in the food or beverage.

Sathish also shared his experience in securing a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) certificate for a medication that was necessary to treat an injury. “If an athlete is able to have the right documentation, including results of medical tests and prescriptions, getting a TUE is not a difficult process,” he said.

National Centre for Sports Science Research Brig (Dr) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak also offered the athletes in the audience some practical insights, including on how they had to be mindful of anti-doping rule violations when seeking treatment for their illness or injury. “Since the rules are strict, it is best to be careful when getting treatment,” he said.

The interactive workshop is part of the National Anti-Doping Agency’s effort to increase awareness on the subject and to encourage athletes to stay away from doping.