: > In fact, I took pains to include the comment
: > that neither the swimmer nor the coach were aware of any drug use.
: If there was a systematic drug program involved, all swimmers and coaches
: would have known it with no doubt.
No, that's not true. The coach, though he contributed swimmers
to the national team, was "out of the loop" when they made the national
team as far as their training, diet, etc. were concerned. Now, you
would think the swimmer would know, but if the example of East Germany
is consulted, many of the swimmers there did NOT know. They just did
what they were told to do. One of the defectors early on said that
they were given a set of pills and powders to take with no explanation
of what they were for. Only after she came to the West did she find out
she had physiological changes attributable to steroids.
Given the apparent control of all training aspects that China
has (and E. Germany had), the possibility exists. That's what I've
said, and that's what this particular Chinese coach admitted. Nothing
: > Now what I'm wondering is if I should advise U.S. Swimming of the
: > apparent benefits of having unborn sheep fetus and pig uterus for
: > dinner.
: There are a lot of valuable knowledge in traditional chinese medicine which
: westners know little about, yet they don't respect these knowledge in most
: case. Animal parts (turtle soup, fetus, uterus, tiger bone....) is only one
: part of traditinal chinese medicine. I doubt the west will ever be able to
: compete in this area with chinese in near future. But Japanese do have some
: good knowledge in this.
I would think that the highly-paid USOC nutritionists should
look into this.
One thing, though, totally off the subject of swimming: the use
of tiger bone in "Oriental" medicines is one of the primary factors
that is threatening tiger extinction. We've got plenty of sheep and
pigs, but the use of tiger bone should be expunged forcefully. Same
with the use of rhinoceros horn for ornamental knife handles in
some Middle Eastern countries. I don't know about the population of
turtles in China.
| James G. Acker |
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