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Thatscricket - News - 'Indians don't push to genetic potential'

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The Indian cricket team's physiotherapist on Thursday rubbished drug charges against his wards, saying the players did not train hard enough to benefit from performance-enhancing steroids."The Indian cricket team does not work hard enough in the gym to benefit from the use of steroids," Andrew Leipus told a Website from the team hotel in Zimbabwe.Leipus was responding to charges by 'Outlook' magazine that some Indian cricketers took performance-enhancing drugs. The magazine quoted former coach A Gaekwad to back its claims.Leipus, a South African resident who has been with the Indian team for two years, said the charges were laughable. "Indian cricketers do not push themselves to their genetic potential," he said."Steroids help people in the gym enormously. If you are into heavy weight training, steroids will help you a lot. But our guys, when in the gym, don't train so hard. Their training is not really intensive," he said."Whoever has put out that story has little or no knowledge of the difference between diet supplements and steroids. Just throwing some technical jargon about performance-enhancing drugs into a story to make it sound sensational is a sad act, I reckon.""I have never asked anyone to use steroids ever. I have never even asked them to use cortisone injections to mask pain," Leipus said.The physiotherapist also dismissed suggestions that players could be using drugs behind his back during the off-season. "During off-season I do get them to indulge in heavy training, but you don't want them to leave half their energy back in the gym," he said."To use steroids after such irregular workouts would be simply wasting their time. The steroid would be washed out of their system," Leipus said.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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