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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Scanadal in an Unlikely Sport

I was recently speaking to someone about steroids in the sporting world, and we were wondering what sports might not actually benefit from steroid use and therefore their athletes probably wouldn’t be caught taking them. There are just some sports that you never hear about steroid scandals in, and the public ends up thinking that those sports are immune from such a problem. But not anymore.

Recently Australian world champion kayaker Nathan Baggaley tested positive for the steroids stanozolol and methandienone. This blemishes a sport that, up until this time, has not been a subject of this type of scandal. Kayaking officials are now working toward stronger guidelines and testing standards for their athletes.

It got me wondering what sports out there would have athletes that just wouldn’t use steroids. How about synchronized swimming? Or rifle? As it turns out, on the list of banned substances are various beta-blockers that would enable the athletes in these sports to better concentrate and focus, and could in the long run assist in making them a better athlete in their sport.

Is it only a matter of time before we see a steroid scandal hit the Olympic badminton team? Or maybe an Olympic archer? Maybe, but I sure will be a little less surprised when it happens.


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