Prof. Arjuna de Silva says official request made to ban supplements in schools

Prof. Arjuna de Silva says official request made to ban supplements in schools

Written by Bella Dalima

25 Jan, 2014 | 10:40 pm

Former Director General of the Institute of Sports Medicine Prof. Arjuna de Silva says that an official request has been made to the Ministry of Education that the use of supplements be banned in schools.

Prof. Arjuna de Silva made this announcement during an event held to launch the  website of the Sports Medicine Unit at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital today.

Former  Director General of Institute of Sports Medicine, Prof. Arjuna de Silva shared these views;

“Supplements if you take, top schools in Sri Lanka including government schools spend 25 million rupees a year for the rugby budget. Twenty five million. This is collected by the old boys not the school.  And one particular school, I don’t want to mention, the rugger team was banned, we tested two players and both players had it. It was given by the school. So, that is the biggest problem we have. So, the solution for that is we have written to the schools saying to ban supplements in schools, we officially asked the Education Ministry to do that. We have also told them to introduce to the health syllabus from Grade 6, on sports nutrition and anti-doping, to start that as a subject.”

 

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