Please be polite! By Les Earnest
Originally published in the April 1985 issue of Cyclops USA
Mercury News Wire Services
Blood doping is legal and should be a personal matter left to the
the coach of the
"Blood doping is a legal thing. When it's legal, why does the media make it a big problem?" asked Olympic team coach Edward Borysewicz, who also is national coaching director of the U.S. Cycling Federation.
Blood doping, also known as blood packing or blood boosting, is a procedure in which an individual receives transfusions of his own or a relative's blood. The technique is aimed at increasing an athlete's red-blood-cell count and oxygen level, thereby increasing stamina.
Some doctors and members of the U.S. Olympic Committee have claimed that some cyclists received such transfusions before their Olympic events.
"It's legal; it's not illegal," Borysewicz said in
who's getting the injections?
"To even ask the question I think is not polite," he said. "That is an invasion of privacy, and that is not polite, and it's illegal."