In counterpoint to Doug's story showing pool getting bad press, the
Snooker scene appears to have taken a step backwards (from the WPBSA
website, and as reported in the Canadian media):
PLAYERS FINED FOR FAILING *** TESTS
Essex professional Stuart Reardon has been fined 100 and ordered to
pay costs of 100 by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker
Association after failing a *** test during a Challenge Tour event
Reardon was found to be in breach of the Association’s Rules of
Discipline after a routine test taken during Challenge Tour Event Two
indicated the presence of Ecstasy. He has also forfeited the 200 Order
of Merit points he earned from the tournament.
Two other players – Leonard de Griffa from Manchester and
Christopher Flight from Ongar in Essex – were also fined 100
for failing *** test after disciplinary hearings held in Bristol
A test provided by de Griffa during Challenge Tour Event two indicated
the presence of *** (***). He forfeits the 175 in prize
money plus 650 points earned from that tournament and has also been
ordered to pay 200 towards the costs of the enquiry.
A routine test taken from Flight during Open Tour Event Two in January
indicated the presence of *** (***) and Atenolol. Flight,
who did not earn any prize money or points from the event, was ordered
to pay 100 towards costs.