Performance enhancing Drugs

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Depends on the sport really. Marijuana could be used as a relaxor which could help in some sports like shooting and archery (although there are much better products). I heard one pulmonologist state that marijuana could have a short term dilatory effect on the bronchioles of the lungs. However, I have not seen evidence of this (not that I have tried to find out). I think it goes back the idea that some drugs are illegal in most countries and that the IOC would not want a drug scandal (I realize the irony of that statement).

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – Yes. If they win a medal or come in fourth, they will be tested. In addition they are subject to random tests. Consider that the NBA does not have a policy against marijuana but the IOC does. I’ve never understood how marijuana could enhance performance. Why even bother testing for it? I mean, it’s irrelevant. I’ll be honest – I smoke pot *on occasion* when relaxing, and if I ran a race one day and was disqualified due to THC being found in my blood, I would be awfully angry. David (in Ontario) — — :*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:. “Nunc scio quid sit amor.” .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.

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I’ve never understood how marijuana could enhance performance. Why even bother testing for it? I mean, it’s irrelevant. Most painkillers are considered illegal drugs. They allows you to perform better. Alcohol is also on the list of forbidden substances. I heard this was for safety reaosns, to prevent drunk driving.

Would you want a drunk archer or shooter? I can see the score from the trap: The gold medallist missed one target but more than made up for it by shooting 3 members of the IOC. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – I’ll be honest – I smoke pot *on occasion* when relaxing, and if I ran a race one day and was disqualified due to THC being found in my blood, I would be awfully angry. If it is on the list, and you know it, the only one to be angry at is yourself.

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Would you want a drunk archer or shooter? I can see the score from the trap: The gold medallist missed one target but more than made up for it by shooting 3 members of the IOC.
This might be justification to encourage drinking. — Caveat Lector!

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I heard one pulmonologist state that marijuana could have a short term dilatory effect on the bronchioles of the lungs. However, I have not seen evidence of this (not that I have tried to find out).<< Marijuana has long been used to treat asthma…

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I can see the score from the trap: The gold medallist missed one target but more than made up for it by shooting 3 members of the IOC.
Hey, at least that’s one shooting event we’d see in the US, even if the shooter wasn’t American!

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Yes. If they win a medal or come in fourth, they will be tested. In addition they are subject to random tests. Consider that the NBA does not have a policy against marijuana but the IOC does.
I’ve never understood how marijuana could enhance performance. Why even bother testing for it? I mean, it’s irrelevant. I’ll be honest – I smoke pot *on occasion* when relaxing, and if I ran a race one day and was disqualified due to THC being found in my blood, I would be awfully angry. David (in Ontario) — — :*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:. “Nunc scio quid sit amor.” .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.

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I’ve never understood how marijuana could enhance performance. Why even bother testing for it? I mean, it’s irrelevant.
Most painkillers are considered illegal drugs. They allows you to perform better. Alcohol is also on the list of forbidden substances. I heard this was for safety reaosns, to prevent drunk driving. I’ll be honest – I smoke pot *on occasion* when relaxing, and if I ran a race one day and was disqualified due to THC being found in my blood, I would be awfully angry.
If it is on the list, and you know it, the only one to be angry at is yourself.

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– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – I find it ironic how when we and the media talk about drugs in sport, we talk about medals and Olympic athletes. The reason for this is that these are the only sports that make a large effort to combat illegal use. I agree somewhat. In Denmark, no matter what sport you participate in, you can be selected for drug testing. Basketball, baseball and football hide steroid use and don’t publicize it because they understand how it will affect their ratings, which means $. One of my friends told me, that there are rumors out there that the US Basketball association will pay $2 billion for not having any of their players doping tested. There are so much money in US pro sports that they can’t afford it. Now, I do not understand why professionals can play basketball if they can’t play soccer and other sports.
There are professionals in all sports (some just make more money than others). Track and field athletes are pros, swimmers get money, etc. Each sport sets its own rules for eligibility. Soccer decided that only athletes under 23 would be allowed to play (Soccer officials feared that the Games would get bigger than World Cup and this was one way to ensure it would remain lower profile). I am sure some of those U23 soccer players are getting paid for their services by their club and national bodies. This whole olympic has gone too far with the whole money aspect. It is no longer a sports game for fun, it is all about money and profits now. You can’t even wear your own clothes when getting your medal. You have to use clothing from a sponsor who have paid up. I also find it stupid with so many sport participant in general taking illegal drugs. It hurts the sport, and probaby lowers their own life expectancy.
Some would argue that it helps the sport by producing more and more world records. Why do they take them? To win! And this was going on long before there was big money in sports. Check out cycling’s history.

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I find it ironic how when we and the media talk about drugs in sport, we talk about medals and Olympic athletes. The reason for this is that these are the only sports that make a large effort to combat illegal use.

I agree somewhat. In Denmark, no matter what sport you participate in, you can be selected for drug testing. Basketball, baseball and football hide steroid use and don’t publicize it because they understand how it will affect their ratings, which means $.

One of my friends told me, that there are rumors out there that the US Basketball association will pay $2 billion for not having any of their players doping tested. There are so much money in US pro sports that they can’t afford it. Now, I do not understand why professionals can play basketball if they can’t play soccer and other sports. This whole olympic has gone too far with the whole money aspect. It is no longer a sports game for fun, it is all about money and profits now. You can’t even wear your own clothes when getting your medal. You have to use clothing from a sponsor who have paid up. I also find it stupid with so many sport participant in general taking illegal drugs. It hurts the sport, and probaby lowers their own life expectancy.

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I find it ironic how when we and the media talk about drugs in sport, we talk about medals and Olympic athletes. The reason for this is that these are the only sports that make a large effort to combat illegal use. Basketball, baseball and football hide steroid use and don’t publicize it because they understand how it will affect their ratings, which means $. If you really believe that there is one NFL lineman that does not take drugs, you are very naive. It is rampant in professional sports, but they have won the PR war and the Olympic athletes (especially track athletes) have lost this war.

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I find it ironic how when we and the media talk about drugs in sport, we talk about medals and Olympic athletes. The reason for this is that these are the only sports that make a large effort to combat illegal use. Basketball, baseball and football hide steroid use and don’t publicize it because they understand how it will affect their ratings, which means $. If you really believe that there is one NFL lineman that does not take drugs, you are very naive. It is rampant in professional sports, but they have won the PR war and the Olympic athletes (especially track athletes) have lost this war.

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Well its kind of hard to find doping stories where it is legal. The news is made when rules are broken, not obayed. Track and cycling athletes are followed for stories because that is where the stories are. I wonder if the pro basketball players in the Olympics have to take drug tests. The amazing thing is that drugs are an issue in every event in the olympics, from shooting to track. Peace, Andy

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– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – I find it ironic how when we and the media talk about drugs in sport, we talk about medals and Olympic athletes. The reason for this is that these are the only sports that make a large effort to combat illegal use. Basketball, baseball and football hide steroid use and don’t publicize it because they understand how it will affect their ratings, which means $. If you really believe that there is one NFL lineman that does not take drugs, you are very naive. It is rampant in professional sports, but they have won the PR war and the Olympic athletes (especially track athletes) have lost this war. Well its kind of hard to find doping stories where it is legal. The news is made when rules are broken, not obayed. Track and cycling athletes are followed for stories because that is where the stories are. I wonder if the pro basketball players in the Olympics have to take drug tests.

Yes. If they win a medal or come in fourth, they will be tested. In addition they are subject to random tests. Consider that the NBA does not have a policy against marijuana but the IOC does. The amazing thing is that drugs are an issue in every event in the olympics, from shooting to track.

That is because there is a performance enhancing drug for every sport. There was an excellent show on A&E (an American cable channel) a few nights ago about doping. It was an “Investigative Reports” show. The producers had several cyclists who told what they were taking and a lot of the details. In addition it had the woman who inspired Ben Johnson to take steroids along with the coach. Several athleetes from the former East Germany were also interviewed including one who had been injected with so much stuff including testosterone that eventually she had a sex change operation and became a man. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – Peace, Andy

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