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Friday, January 21, 2005

And now, in sports...

Curler Mitchell Marks was suspended for two years for refusing to submit to a drug test, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday.
For those of you who don't follow the sport, the technical term for a drug test in curling is "breathalyser". Of course, how large quantities of rye whiskey can be in any way described as "performance-enhancing" is beyond my comprehension.

Honestly, are drug tests in cases like these actually meant to identify cheaters? What constitutes "performance-enhancing" in a sport that requires almost no strength or physical endurance, that's about strategy and precision?

I did a little poking around on the USADA website, and discovered that testosterone, at least, is a prohibited substance for curlers. I guess I can understand that - it'd be a real shame if the Olympic curling teams looked like, you know, athletes.

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