Who knew? The drug
war is a battle of many fronts, but one would not have thought of the World
Bridge Federation as one of them. Still, the bridge world was in
an uproar last weekend after US professional Disa Eythorsdottir was stripped
of her silver medal for refusing to take a drug test. The ritual
condemnation came only after the World Bridge Federation met in emergency
session to figure out how to discipline her, according to a report filed
by the London Daily Telegraph's bridge correspondent.
The bridge federation instituted
random drug testing of players in January 2000 as part of its campaign
for bridge to become an Olympic sport. Since there does not exist
a list of banned performance-enhancing drugs for bridge, the bridge federation
relies on the International Olympic Committee's list of banned substances.
Eythorsdottir told the Telegraph
she refused the test because she had taken a prescription drug. "They
have taken everything, my medal, my name," said a tearfrul Eythorsdottir.
"I am on a diet drug connected with a back condition. I asked the
authorities whether the drug was on the banned list and they didn't know.
The drug is on prescription, but I did not get a certificate to cover it,"
World Bridge Federation president
Jose Damiani took a no-nonsense, zero-tolerance approach to the Eythorsdottir
affair. "She refused the test," he said. "She is deemed to
have failed the test. Her medal has been removed and her name referred
to her federation."
And the world is a safer
-- END --
Issue #253, 9/6/02
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