Faster, higher, and stronger is not the typical motto for Bridge tournaments. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

Bridge is dope. It’s a fun and challenging card game. But who thought that doping would be involved in the game?

The World Bridge Federation (WBF) has announced that it is suspending Geir Helgemo after he had failed a drug test. Helgemo, who is from Norway but plays for Monaco, has been ranked number one in the world in bridge. Here is a WBF video interview of Helgemo from 2016:

Those were happier times for Helgemo. On September 29, 2018, Helgemo underwent drug testing at a World Bridge Series event that subsequently revealed an “Adverse Analytical Finding.” “Adverse” is a word that you never want to see in your test results. In this case, Helgemo had tested positive for two substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA): synthetic testosterone and clomiphene. Oh my, WADA is going on in the world of bridge?

According to The Guardian, since the International Olympic Committee does recognize the WBF, the WBF must follow the rules of the WADA. As a result, on February 11, 2019, the WBF Antidoping Panel imposed the following sanctions on Helgemo, as described in the WBF announcement:

  • Geir Helgemo shall be ineligible to take part in bridge competition for a period of one year. Since he has previously accepted a voluntary provisional suspension, Geir Helgemo remains suspended until 20 November 2019.

  • The title, medal, awards and masterpoints achieved by Geir Helgemo in the Rosenblum Cup 2018 and in all other competitions within the World Bridge Series 2018 are revoked and the medals and awards have to be returned to the WBF.

  • Consequent upon the Anti-Doping Rule Violation by Geir Helgemo, the Team Zimmerman result in the Final is automatically disqualified and the Team considered to have lost the Final of the Rosenblum Cup.

  • The Anti-Doping Hearing Panel having determined that the Team had No Fault or Negligence, the Team-mates are allowed to retain their medals, awards and masterpoints related to the second place of ranking in the Rosenblum Cup.

  • The nature of this and all championships require the National Federation to attest to the good standing of the athlete; no wrong doing or responsibility was found to be held against the Monaco Bridge Federation.

  • Geir Helgemo shall refund the WBF for the costs of the hearing, calculated at 3659 EUR.

WBF? Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in bridge?

Testosterone is typically used as a PED to build lean muscle mass. This, in turn, can help increase physical strength, explosiveness, and speed, which aren’t exactly the first three things that you may associate with bridge. The female fertility drug clomiphene can help you get pregnant but may not work as well in doing so if you are a man. If you are a man, this medication can further alter your testosterone levels by affecting the chemical pathways between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and testes, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Was Helgemo taking the drugs for some other reason and just happened to get sanctioned simply because the WBF fell under WADA rules? Or was he trying to gain some competitive advantage? Only Helgemo knows for sure.

There is some evidence that testosterone may have cognitive effects. As the Mayo Clinic website indicates, low testosterone could “contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence,” and according to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch, “research suggests that testosterone levels may affect men’s cognitive performance.” However, there isn’t a clear consensus. For example, a study published in JAMA in 2017, found that treating older men who had low testosterone levels and documented age-associated memory impairment with testosterone for a year did not improved their memory or other cognitive functions. A study published in The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology in 2016 had similar findings.

Moreover, there is a big difference between being diagnosed with low testosterone levels through real medical testing versus having normal testosterone levels but thinking that you need more testosterone. Despite what some of those late night low T (with T being for testosterone) television commercials may seem to suggest, testosterone is not necessarily the miracle drug for men. More research is needed to better define the relationship between testosterone and cognitive ability.

Plus, taking testosterone has its risks such as breast enlargement and increasing the likelihood of blood clots and stroke. Therefore, don’t be a dope and start any testosterone treatments without first seeing a doctor, a real doctor.

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According to The Guardian, considering that the International Olympic Committee does acknowledge the WBF, the WBF should follow the guidelines of the WADA. As an outcome, on February 11, 2019, the WBF Antidoping Panel enforced the following sanctions on Helgemo, as explained in the WBF statement:

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Bridge is dope. It’s an enjoyable and tough card video game. However who believed that doping would be associated with the video game?

The World Bridge Federation (WBF) has actually revealed that it is suspending Geir Helgemo after he had actually stopped working a drug test.
Helgemo, who is from Norway however bets Monaco, has actually been ranked top worldwide in bridge.
Here is a WBF video interview of Helgemo from 2016:

Those were better times for Helgemo. On September 29, 2018, Helgemo went through drug screening at a World Bridge Series occasion that consequently exposed an “Unfavorable Analytical Finding.” “Unfavorable” is a word that you never ever wish to see in your test outcomes. In this case, Helgemo had actually checked favorable for 2 compounds that are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Firm (WADA): artificial testosterone and clomiphene. Oh my, WADA is going on worldwide of bridge?

According to The Guardian , considering that the International Olympic Committee does acknowledge the WBF, the WBF should follow the guidelines of the WADA. As an outcome, on February 11, 2019, the WBF Antidoping Panel enforced the following sanctions on Helgemo, as explained in the WBF statement :

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    Geir Helgemo will be disqualified to participate in bridge competitors for a duration of one year. Because he has actually formerly accepted a voluntary provisionary suspension, Geir Helgemo stays suspended till 20 November2019

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    The title, medal, awards and masterpoints accomplished by Geir Helgemo in the Rosenblum Cup 2018 and in all other competitors within the World Bridge Series 2018 are withdrawed and the medals and awards need to be gone back to the WBF.

  • .

    Ensuing upon the Anti-Doping Guideline Infraction by Geir Helgemo, the Group Zimmerman lead to the Last is instantly disqualified and the Group thought about to have actually lost the Last of the Rosenblum Cup.

  • .

    The Anti-Doping Hearing Panel having actually identified that the Group had No Fault or Carelessness, the Team-mates are permitted to maintain their medals, awards and masterpoints associated with the 2nd location of ranking in the Rosenblum Cup.

  • .

    The nature of this and all champions need the National Federation to vouch for the great standing of the professional athlete; no incorrect doing or obligation was discovered to be held versus the Monaco Bridge Federation.

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    Geir Helgemo will reimburse the WBF for the expenses of the hearing, determined at 3659 EUR.

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WBF? Efficiency boosting drugs (PEDs) in bridge?

Testosterone is normally utilized as a PED to construct lean muscle mass. This, in turn, can assist increase physical strength, volatility, and speed, which aren’t precisely the very first 3 things that you might relate to bridge. The female fertility drug clomiphene can assist you get pregnant however might not work also in doing so if you are a guy. If you are a guy, this medication can even more modify your testosterone levels by impacting the chemical paths in between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and testes , according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Firm

.

Was Helgemo taking the drugs for some other factor and simply occurred to get approved just since the WBF fell under WADA guidelines? Or was he attempting to get some competitive benefit? Just Helgemo understands for sure.

There is some proof that testosterone might have cognitive results. As the Mayo Center site suggests , low testosterone might” add to a reduction in inspiration or self-esteem,” and according to the Harvard Guys’s Health Watch , “research study recommends that testosterone levels might impact guys’s cognitive efficiency.” Nevertheless, there isn’t a clear agreement. For instance, a research study released in JAMA in 2017 , discovered that dealing with older guys who had low testosterone levels and recorded age-associated memory problems with testosterone for a year did not enhanced their memory or other cognitive functions. A research study released in The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology in 2016 had comparable findings.

Furthermore, there is a huge distinction in between being identified with low testosterone levels through genuine medical screening versus having typical testosterone levels however believing that you require more testosterone. Regardless of what a few of those late night low T (with T being for testosterone) tv commercials might appear to recommend, testosterone is not always the wonder drug for guys. More research study is required to much better specify the relationship in between testosterone and cognitive capability.

Plus, taking testosterone has its dangers such as breast enhancement and increasing the probability of embolism and stroke. For that reason, do not be a dope and begin any testosterone treatments without very first seeing a physician, a genuine physician.

.