Performance enhancing drugs.

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Performance-enhancing drugs law

April 11, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Is a performance-enhancing drug banned even if it doesn't enhance performance? A bridge champion needs to know. 

Geir Helgemo, an international bridge champion, was suspended by the World Bridge Federation after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. However, according to the World Bridge Foundation, being buff doesn't actually enhance your bridge performance, although one imagines that being buff would help your success with the ladies after telling them you are a bridge champion. 

So, is taking steroids illegal? 

The Anabolic Steroid Control Act defines and prevents the use of steroids, artificial and synthetic forms of hormones like testosterone to improve muscle building, growth and repair. In addition to what the law says, professional sports organizations have lists of substances and procedures they've banned from use in their leagues. 

But beyond what is banned by law or by organization, many so-called performance-enhancing drugs are unregulated and may be downright dangerous.

Because the World Bridge Foundation is governed by the rules of the International Olympic Committee, which bans it, Helgemo has been stripped of all the medals he received in 2018 and can't compete again until November.  

Bet he feels like the dummy.