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Steroid Testing for Athletes

"We really don't know what we are expecting. The last information we had was the middle of August, and it just said that they would let us know when its coming out," says A.I.S.D Athletic Director Tex Nolan "We really don't know what we are expecting. The last information we had was the middle of August, and it just said that they would let us know when its coming out," says A.I.S.D Athletic Director Tex Nolan
"I will support it to whatever extent is necessary to see to it that we don't have young people using steroids in school as performance enhancing substances," says State Senator Kel Seliger "I will support it to whatever extent is necessary to see to it that we don't have young people using steroids in school as performance enhancing substances," says State Senator Kel Seliger

Some high school athletes in our area should have been tested for steroids this season... But they haven't... Because of state hold ups. Hold ups that are potentially allowing some to play sports under the influence.

Six million dollars, that's how much money legislators have given the UIL to test athletes over the next two years.

But that cost barely covers it... In fact only about 2 percent of athletes in the state will be tested... That boils down to about 20 thousand kids.

While testing is already suppose to be underway, Cliff Odenwald with UIL says they aren't really sure when testing will begin.

He tells us that testing will start before football season ends... But they have not decided who will test the teens or how long it will take to set up the system.

This area's state senator says time isn't the issue when it comes to getting the testing done is.

State Senator Kel Seliger says,  "I don't think there's a perfect time to start. We just need to simply see to it that we get started with a good comprehensive program, as expeditiously as possible."

Coaches in Amarillo, Bushland, Highland Park, and Canyon all say the've had no word on when testing will begin, and doubt they will even make the cut since so few will be tested.

A.I.S.D Athletic Director Tex Nolan says, "We really don't know what we are expecting. The last information we had was the middle of August, and it just said that they would let us know when its coming out."

Officials do agree that holding athletes accountable and educating them on the hazards of steroids is their main goal.

Seliger says, "I will support it to whatever extent is necessary to see to it that we don't have young people using steroids in school as performance enhancing substances."

For more information on the testing go to http://www.uil.utexas.edu/

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