Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Doping news


OPN.NO reports that all 30 of the doping tests at the WOC in Denmark were clean. Good news, but not really surprising. I'm reasonably sure orienteering is fairly clean.

I wonder if any of the 30 orienteers tested (or maybe it was just 30 tests?) had TUEs. TUEs are "Therapeutic Use Exemptions." Basically, TUEs are granted to athletes who have medical needs to use medications that would otherwise be considered doping. I came across an article that reports that 60 percent of the 105 Tour de France riders tested had TUEs.

I wrote above, "I'm reasonably sure orienteering is fairly clean." That's not a strong conclusion. I didn't write, "I'm sure" or even "orienteering is clean." That's probably because in my work I see people doing bad things, even people who don't seem like bad people. I guess I'm suspicious of people.

posted by Michael | 8:13 PM


I drank a yerba maté latte before each day at the US Champs. It *must* be directly responsible for my stellar 24th place!

(It's obviously not the pink shirt)
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