World number one bridge player handed one-year ban for doping

The World Bridge Federation is a member of the International Olympic Committee and must adhere to its anti-doping principles

The field’s high-ranked bridge participant, Geir Helgemo, has been suspended for a Three hundred and sixty five days after sorting out sure for two banned substances.

Testers discovered the presence of Clomifene – a female fertility drug – and artificial testosterone in a pattern supplied by the 49-Three hundred and sixty five days-used Norwegian.

Helgemo is banned from competitors except 20 November, having previously licensed a provisional ban.

He had supplied the pattern at the World Bridge Sequence in Orlando in September.

Kari-Anne Opsal, the president of the Norwegian Bridge Federation, acknowledged the capsules were “no longer efficiency enhancing”.

In an announcement, she acknowledged: “Geir Helgemo has previously played for the Norwegian nationwide team and is our biggest star. Many contained in the bridge neighborhood know Geir and appreciate him.

“It’s a long way his accountability now to not consume substances that are on the doping list, even supposing on this instance they’re no longer efficiency enhancing in bridge.

“I remember for Geir on this teach of affairs and hope he’s going to strategy aid stronger after 20 November, 2019, when his ban ends.”

Helgemo, who now represents Monaco, is no longer the important bridge participant to be discovered using banned substances.

The World Bridge Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and as such abides by World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) principles.

In 2015, Wada figures showed 3.6% of bridge gamers had returned negative analytical findings.

In 2017, Helgemo and world number two, fellow Norwegian Tor Helness, 61, were every convicted of tax evasion.

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