The World Bridge Federation says the world’s No. 1 bridge player has been suspended after failing a drug test.
The federation said on its website Friday that Geir Helgemo, who is Norwegian but represents Monaco in bridge events, tested positive for synthetic testosterone and female fertility drug clomifene at a World Bridge Series event in Orlando, Florida last September.
After accepting he had breached anti-doping rules, Helgemo was suspended by the WBF until Nov. 20. He also had all titles, medals and points from the 2018 World Bridge Series revoked.
A bridge player, doping? How can this be?
Kari-Anne Opsal, president of the Norwegian Bridge Federation, said the drugs were “not performance enhancing.”
Oh. Well, that’s a relief.