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Frederick The Monk
54666.  Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:15 am Reply with quote

TOPIC: Doping

QUESTION: The first competitor ever to be disqualified from the Olympic Games for drug abuse had taken what?

FORFEIT: Steroids/ Human Growth Factor/ Hormones/ Beta Blockers

ANSWER: Beer. Swede Hans-Gunnar Liljenvall was disqualified from the modern pentathlon at the 1968 Olympics after he admitted having 2 beers for his nerves before the pistol shooting in the 1968 Olympics and the whole Swedish team was promptly disqualified.

QUESTION: And for an extra point what are the 5 events in the modern pentathlon?

ANSWER: shooting, fencing, swimming, showjumping and a 3,000m run.

NOTES: Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall caused the disqualification of the Swedish men's team at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City for his alcohol use. Liljenwall was the first athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use, following the introduction of anti-doping regulations by the International Olympic Committee in 1967. Liljenwall reportedly had two beers to calm his nerves before the pistol shooting portion of the modern pentathlon. The Swedish team eventually had to return their bronze medals.

At the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, 14 modern pentathletes tested positive for tranquilizers before the pistol shooting event. However, although the drugs were banned by the sport's governing body, the International Modern Pentathlon Union, they were not on the IOC's list of banned substances and no disqualifications were made.

According to the WADA (world anti-doping agency) alcohol is prohibited in competition for the following sports:

Modern Pentathlon

Drinking and smoking during darts matches has been banned, but downing 10 pints before the match starts is not currently illegal, Andy Fordham is said to drink up to 12 bottles of beer before a match.

LINKS TO:Drinking/ Drugs/ Denial/ Darts


PICTURES/ PROPS: Beer cans. Drunk Swedes.



Last edited by Frederick The Monk on Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:00 am; edited 2 times in total

54682.  Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:20 am Reply with quote

This links with darts. Drinking and smoking during play were banned by the BDO many years ago (despite the fact that every single year, during the world championships, newspapers report this as a brand new development). However, as in most “millimetre sports,” most people find their accuracy greatly improved by the correct dosage of alcohol taken before competing. Alcohol reduces involuntary movement (well, yeah, OK - the right amount of alcohol does). This is, obviously (as in Hans-Gunnars’ case) the absolute living definition of a performance-enhancing drug, much more unequivocally so than most of the dodgy substances which sportsmen get done for.

(But then - so is everything a performance-enhancing drug. Some people find sipping a glass of water calms their nerves. That’s an unfair advantage, isn't it, procured by ingesting a substance?)

Anyway in darts, there is a great deal of soul-searching going on about the role of alcohol. Now that the UK has finally come into line with other countries and recognised darts as a sport, not merely a game, the sport is expected to conform to anti-doping norms ... under which, as we see above, booze is a restricted substance.

Frederick The Monk
54886.  Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:37 pm Reply with quote

What a splendid idea - lager as the professional darts players' performance-enhancing drug of choice.

54893.  Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:57 pm Reply with quote

Well, it certainly gives them a lower centre of gravity, the further to lean over the ochee.

Frederick The Monk
55087.  Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:51 am Reply with quote

I once saw Jocky Wilson play an exhibition match in London during which a friend and I counted the performance enhacing drugs he took. By the end of the evening he had certainly smoked more that 20 cigarettes (althogh we didn't know how many he had in his first packet to start with) and drunk 11 pints of lager. Outside the pressure of competition, he was still hitting treble tops as the last pint slipped down.

Frederick The Monk
62831.  Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:01 am Reply with quote

Updated 30/03/06


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