Warning to ice fishing tournament anglers with Olympic aspirations: Stay off the juice. According to a recent story in the New York Times, ice fishing is being considered in a long-shot bid to get into the Winter Games, and the World Anti-Doping Agency is obligated to treat anglers as any other athletes. The Russian winners of late February’s World Ice Fishing Championship in Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Wisconsin, for example, were promptly tested for performance-enhancing drugs.
Yes, apparently, there’s a movement to get ice fishing into the Winter Games. And, consequently, competitors must follow the same anti-doping rules as other athletes, including skiers, bobsledders and weightlifters.
However, and this might be the saving grace for those who like to imbibe on the ice, alcohol isn’t on the list of banned substances.
“We do not test for beer, because then everybody would fail,” said Joel McDearmon, chairman of the United States Freshwater Fishing Federation.
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