Students tell antidoping agency they won’t do drugs

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Students tell antidoping agency they won’t do drugs

Nearly 80 percent of student athletes in Korea said they would resist the temptation to dope, a survey from the national antidoping body showed Friday.

The Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) unveiled the result of its nationwide survey on doping that was conducted with the Education Ministry. Of 63,029 registered student athletes in the fourth grade of elementary school or older, 40,187 responded to the survey, according to KADA.

The survey showed that 95.5 percent of student athletes had never thought about doping. Asked whether they would say no if they were told or forced to dope, 93 percent of elementary school athletes said they would, while 92 percent of middle school students and 88.7 percent of high school students would also refuse.

According to KADA, 78.8 percent of student athletes responded that they would resist doping even if drug use promised good results in their competition. But only 34.2 percent of athletes’ parents and 23.8 percent of coaches said they would dismiss the temptation of doping in that situation.

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