Friday, August 14, 2009

Evil drugs (except for booze)

Rohit Mahajan in Outlook revisits the WADA/BCCI wrangle, and enlists the help of authorities to make the case against "drugs":
But does cricket, a highly skill-based sport, need such drastic testing? Yes, says Ashok Ahuja, former head of the department of sports medicine, National Institute of Sports, Patiala. “The role of steroids has increased in cricket, especially among pace bowlers, to build up the muscles and recover from injuries,” he told Outlook.
Entirely correct. No dispute there. But then, things descend into the usual incoherence whenever it comes to talking about "drugs" for there is another worry apparently, the dreaded "recreational drug":
Ahuja also talks about the use of recreational drugs by sportspersons. “Some superstar athletes, moving in seven-star society, use recreational drugs,” he says, adding that the BCCI’s suggestion that it could produce a player for testing on a 24-hour notice won’t be acceptable because these drugs can be washed out of the system in that time. May agrees that recreational drugs, which carry a WADA penalty only if detected during competition, are a concern, for there “indeed is a temptation”.
Now, what drugs might that be? Beer? Wine? Whisky? Oh, no, I'm sure we're talking about the evil weed, for really, what sort of seven-star party is it that doesn't have a joint or two going around? So that's a good idea. Lets increase the surveillance on cricketers and bust them, a la Phelps, while as usual, tolerating the far more dangerous alcohol. And in fact, lets glorify alcohol while we are at it. Heck, we have an IPL team named after a whiskey.

My advice to the knights on white horses trying to rescue cricketers from "recreational drugs": don't be such hypocrites.

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Blogger Cricket Tragic said...

Samir, pray, could be kind enough as to explain what effect recreational drugs have on performance? Is it supposed to enhance performance (I mean sports, not the mischievous type)? :S

1:29 PM  
Blogger Subash said...

hey samir, i emailed you with an idea to your cuny address. just making sure you got it. cheers!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

CT: I don't have any idea. And neither does anyone else. Because, guess what, they are illegal, and we cannot do any research on them. So we are left with speculative nonsense.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Cricket Tragic said...

BTW, Samir, could you do me a small favour and put my humble blog on your list of 'cricket blogs'? A million thanks in advance! :)

9:58 PM  

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