The doping scandal in India involving school children is threatening to take shocking proportions with schools from Punjab and Maharashtra topping the list of offenders.

According to National Anti-Doping Agency, 11 children – from boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting – tested positive for steroids and diuretics during the 57th National School Games, which concluded recently in New Delhi.

“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.