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No, Darcy!

No, Darcy! Darcy Beckles. (FP)

By Ezra Stuart | Fri, November 02, 2012 - 12:12 AM

Don't send the wrong message on the use of performance-enhancing drugs by bodybuilders or other sportsmen!

That stern warning came from the National Anti-Doping Commission (NADC) of Barbados yesterday when the body flexed its muscles, taking exception to remarks made by legendary bodybuilder Darcy Beckles, a former Mr World Tall Class champion and Best Poser awardee.

Beckles, also a Mr Western Hemisphere winner, in an interview with the MIDWEEK NATION, suggested that only certain categories of performance-enhancing drugs should be on the banned list “in the professional ranks” and at “certain levels in sport”.

“This statement reportedly made by a former experienced National Sports Council [NSC] bodybuilding coach goes against the virtues of anti-doping and clean sport,” NADC said in a statement yesterday, issued by its chairman Dr Adrian Lorde following a meeting of the commission on Wednesday night.

Please read the full story in today’s WEEKEND NATION, or in the eNATION edition.

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Posted by Francis Blackman 1 year, 10 months ago
Anyone interested in sport is aware of the downfall associated with the use of performance enhancing substances. Olympic athletes, cyclists and bodybuilders have been brought down by legal and physical complications of these chemicals. Such episodes, assumed to be the iceberg's tip, may be found in the mass media. Mr Beckles' recent statements need to be regarded beyond the seeming support of performance enhancers. That seemed to have been an utterance from an athlete who considers himself to have been disregarded by his people. He is not the first and is unlikely to be the last. There are many other Caribbean nationals, including professionals, whom have been pushed aside while favors sought by them were bestowed on others who were, rarely their equals. Darcy is retired, available and seems willing. What does he deserve?

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