School children from the Indian states of Punjab and Maharashtra have recently been found leading the list of doping offenders in the country.

Eleven children – from boxing, wrestling and weightlifting – tested positive for anabolic steroids and diuretics during the 57th National School Games as per the National Anti-Doping Agency.

“This has become a very serious matter. That 14 per cent of the samples have returned positive is a matter of shame for the schools and officials. It is much higher than the national average of 4 per cent,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told TOI.

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