Batting drug abuse away through cricket

10 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Batting drug abuse away through cricket Cricketers and sports personalities have been urged to take a firm stance against performance-enhancing drugs and abuse of other drugs and substances as they can have detrimental effects for both the individual athlete and the integrity of the sport

The ManicaPost

 

Liberty Dube
Sports Correspondent

CRICKETERS and sports personalities have been urged to take a firm stance against performance-enhancing drugs and abuse of other drugs and substances as they can have detrimental effects for both the individual athlete and the integrity of the sport.

Addressing young cricketers and sportsmen at Mutare Sports Club last Saturday, Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Misheck Mugadza said a nation with drugged people cannot develop.

The event was hosted by the Premier Cricket Academy and was held under the theme: “Batting Away Substance Abuse”.

“We must take a stand and actively work towards creating a society that is free from the clutches of substance abuse. Only a healthy society can stand resolute to develop its country. Just as you use your skills and determination to bat away every ball that comes your way, we must collectively work to bat away the lure of drugs and substance abuse from our communities.

“As cricketers, you have a unique platform to inspire and educate the masses. Your dedication, teamwork and perseverance on the sports field are qualities that many look up to and aspire to emulate. It is, therefore, crucial that you recognise the influence you have, and use it to advocate for a drug-free society. The use of drugs in sport and in the society, not only affects the individual, but also has a profound impact on families, communities, and the nation at large.

“More importantly, let us band together, like a strong cricket team, to bat away substance abuse. Let us educate, support and empower our communities to make informed decisions and reject the allure of drugs. Together, we can be champions, not only in cricket, but also in the fight against drug abuse,” said Mugadza.

He added that drug and substance abuse also has health implications.

“For example, anabolic steroid abuse result in cardiovascular problems, hormonal imbalances and increased aggression. Stimulant abuse can cause heart problems, anxiety and addiction. Additionally, the use of blood doping techniques can lead to blood clotting, stroke and other cardiovascular complications. Our dear cricketers, use your influence to spread awareness, support anti-drug initiatives, and be vocal advocates for a drug free lifestyle. Your actions, both on and off the field can inspire positive and change the world,” he said.

Manicaland cricket administrator, Terry Nyakurimwa said: “The use of drugs and substance abuse by youths is now a major concern. We urge kids to come and play cricket and shun all social ills.”

 

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