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August 07, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Pot an on-course PED?

Posted at 12:46 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Olympics, Truth & Rumors

In the aftermath of American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo's ban from the Olympics for what he described as the "inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana," Reuters reporter Kate Kelland went searching for an answer to why pot is banned as a performance enhancing substance.

The answer she found, at least scientifically, is golf:

While it is generally accepted that cannabis is unlikely to give athletes any advantage in fast-paced sports, some experts say it could prove helpful in sports like shooting or golf where a steady hand is needed.

Well, there you go: Until Nintendo becomes an Olympic sport, golf and shooting are the two events where "recreation" and "performance" go hand in hand.

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