Friday, 12 December 2008

This sporting world - drug bans come to chess

I was so fascinated by the Crikey coverage of the world chess championship that I now get one of those Google news messages each day to keep me up to date. Not that I play the sport, mind you - I'm strictly a draughts man, but those that do are such characters, And I use that word sport advisedly because in this morning's message is the terrible news that Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping. Chess has subjected itself to the rigours of the World Anti-Doping Agency run by our very own John Fahey because the World Chess Federation (FIDE) has been trying, since the late 1990s, to make chess an Olympic discipline. Here's the link to this latest drugs in sport scandal.
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