Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Air Up There Stays Up There

In a controversial move, the World Anti-Doping Agency is proposing banning altitude tents and altitude training rooms which simulate the effects of high altitude in order to improve the benefits from athletic training. The WADA says these artificial methods violate “the spirit of sport”. Of course, it also hands a huge disadvantage to any athlete not fortunate enough to live at high altitude (or able to move there). Personally, I don't think this is a good move for the WADA, and hypoxic devices should remain legal. If a particular league or the governing body of a certain sport wants to ban them, fine (although I also think that would be a mistake), but making a call on what consitututes "the spirit of sport" is outside the WADA's mission and probably creates more inequality in training opportunities. Any former Huskies out there with an opinion on this one?


At 10:08 PM, Blogger Molly said...

I'm not a former Huskie (we didn't get anything but a pilgrim (although he was angry)), but as a doping-related aside, the news about Landis was sad. I mean, I know everyone's waiting for more results, but even if he's clean, it's a shame such an amazing performance became to quickly tainted.


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