Last year, Geir Helgemo, the world's number one bridge player, was suspended for a year. Helgemo is positive for the detection of prohibited chemicals, which are often used in dynamic sports. But, the drugs are deemed not beneficial for performance in card games such as bridge.
Last year, Geir Helgemo, the world's number one bridge player, was suspended for a year. Helgemo is positive for the detection of prohibited chemicals, which are often used in dynamic sports such as cycling, weightlifting, and martial arts. In fact, Helgemo had used the same drug that Lance Armstrong used to cheat in the Tour de France.
Many critics saw Armstrong’s case as a good example of the fight against doping in sports. In contrast, Helgemo's case has drawn criticism. Critics question why bridge has to apply rules against drugs. Brogeland, Helgemo’s bridge teammate, even said, "Nobody thinks he took doping to get an edge at bridge competition." Since doping is used to improve physical fitness, and should not have affected the performance in playing brain games such as bridge. Therefore, the drug ban on bridge becomes controversial.
Even though bridge is a card game, the International Olympic Committee recognizes it as a sport. Officials from the World Bridge Federation even hope to see bridge played in the Olympics one day. As a result, they follow the Olympic Committee rules on banned drugs for other sports.
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