Doping Charges in Shooting?

I kid you not (link will auto play). I actually do believe that being fit makes one a better shooter, but doping in shooting? Really? I guess the Indian NRA is a lot more exciting, at least in this respect, than the American NRA — or even USA Shooting, which is the Olympic shooting sports association for the USA.

6 thoughts on “Doping Charges in Shooting?”

  1. If he did actually dope, it was probably for beta-blockers, which help reduce the effect of nerves, allowing your body to behave in a pressure-filled match more like it were merely practice.

    Next, the Indian sports bureaucracies is utterly incompetent and corrupt. (Bhindra, the 10m air rifle gold medalist from 2008, has a bunch to say about that in his autobiography, which is actually pretty interesting) It’s distinctly possible that they are grasping at straws–the video makes mention of some court ruling or other that is unfavorable to them.

    The report says that he was cleared after the test, so it could have been a false positive, or sufficiently innocent that no action was taken. In any event, I’m inclined to side with the athlete against the Indian sports authorities unless strong evidence convinces me otherwise…

  2. I went to law school with folks who took Ritalin and related “ADHD” drugs during the exam period. Believe it.

  3. Doping in Olympic shooting is a very real problem. There are man banned substances that, when taken, will lower your heart rate and allow to you slow your breathing – all important things if you’re trying to thread the needle with a rifle or pistol. Olympic pistol shooting is one of the most drugged up Olympic sports – based on the ratio of disqualified athletes to total competitors.


    Beta blockers are (were?) a big deal in Olympic biathlon, as stated above. Looks like they’re also coming on strong in golf. There are plenty of nootropic substances for faster reaction time (Jamaican sprinters were possibly taking narcolepsy drugs to get faster off the blocks) that could be useful in skeet, focus, relaxation, prevention of tremors…and for sports like biathlon, there’s the whole pharmacopia of regular old performance enhancers. I’m sure the high end of US Shooting is very well aware of all that.

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