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Monday, September 25, 2006

When In Doubt, Drug Test

The international fishing community is finally coming around to addressing the use of performance enhancing drugs during competititons. About time. This comes courtesy of an "exclusive" in the Sunday Mirror.
Competitors at last week's World Angling Championships were told to give urine samples or face losing their prizes
Astonishingly, the tests - which they all passed - were made because officials fear stimulants could give cheats an unfair advantage by sharpening their reflexes when they get a bite.

Even better is the response from the fisherme...err..sorry....athletes.
But, after his initial shock, the 39-year-old admitted he came round to the testing plan.
"I think it's a good thing," he added. "It gives the sport credibility because we are subject to the same anti-doping tests as other sports. At this level, we all take angling very seriously.

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A spokesman for the governing body, the National Federation of Anglers, said: "Many top anglers dedicate their lives to the sport. They travel the country every weekend competing in contests and they all welcome the onset of drug testing. It gives the sport a higher status."

"Higher status?" I am not sure that means much when the sport in question involves throwing a squid on a hook out into the water. I think up is the only place to go.

Be sure to check out the whole article, which ends with a collection of "What They Might Say." I'll leave you with a few of the better examples.
Got any smackerel?
I'm hooked on lines
Let's have an octopuff