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SAf Authorities Likely To Emulate Aust Steroid Stand

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

The National Horseracing Authority (NHA) of South Africa looks set to amend its policy relating to steroid use in the next few weeks with a stricter stance likely to be adopted, reports goldcircle.co.za. NHA chief executive Denzil Pillay commented, "The NHA is currently reviewing its position on the use of anabolic steroids and, following the review, recommendations will be presented to the National Board at its meeting towards the end of October." Mr Pillay continued, "The National Board, which is responsible for approving any rule changes, will consider the recommendations and then take a policy decision on the matter." In the past the NHA has taken the view that anabolic steroids, while prohibited in horses that are racing, sometimes have a part to play in horse welfare. However, following the Australian Racing Board's announcement last week that the use of anabolic steroids will be subject to a total ban (with the exception of thoroughbreds under 6 months), and given that South Africa's rules on steroids have traditionally been analogous with those of Australia, South Africa appears likely to institute Australia's fine example.

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