The top players in any sport are always looking for small advantages to improve their game. Some unfortunately turn to improper or even illegal advantages, like performance-enhancing drugs. While you might understand the urge to do so in some sports when millions could be on the line, there are certain situations where doping makes absolutely no sense.
One sport that someone likely doesn't need to use performance enhancing drugs? Professional bridge. Today, however, the World Bridge Federation announced that the world's top player, Geir Helgemo, has been suspended after testing positive for a pair of banned substances.
Yes, you read that correctly. The world's best bridge player has been doping in order to keep himself at peak performance. Helgemo allegedly used synthetic testosterone and clomifene, which is technically a female fertility drug.
It remains to be seen what the advantages of doping in bridge would possibly be, but Helgemo was caught red-handed and is now facing the punishment for his substance abuse.
Who knew they drug-tested bridge players?!— Robin Judice (@RunsWithPie) February 28, 2019
BREAKING NEWS; Bridge player, Geir Helgemo (MON), is ban because of positive doping test. https://t.co/lliGhWmKXg pic.twitter.com/9tUCF5DNaU (via @AntiDopingWorld)
This isn't Helgemo's first run-in with the law, either. The Norwegian was sentenced to prison for tax evasion in 2017.
This is far from the first time a bridge player has been caught with PEDs in his system, as various players were found having banned substances in their system after a 2015 drug test.