Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports, stressed that there was no substitute for passion and dedication to excel in sports, as he addressed the concluding session of the National Conference on anti-doping, jointly organised by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) and the Physical Education Foundation of India (PEFI) here on Thursday.
Playing sports the right way would help the young athletes tackle life in the best possible way, suggested Rathore. “Defeat makes you learn a lot in life. Right decision taken in adverse circumstances shapes your destiny,” he said.
Pointing to Olympic medallist and six-time world champion Mary Kom, the Minister said the boxer was a great role model for everyone.
There was also a message from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delivered at the conference. “Sports bodies of various games in our country must make sportspersons increasingly aware of the ill-effects of doping. Technological innovations must be utilised to spread awareness about anti-doping,” the message read.
Vigilance has to be maintained to prevent coaches from leading athletes he “wrong way,” according to distinguished boxer M. C. Mary Kom.
Mary Kom 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 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.
Mary Kom also cautioned athletes to make the right choices. “Some athletes want everything immediately. They do not want to toil to achieve success and so they use these banned drugs,” she said.
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