For the last decade, the end of the football season, and the Super Bowl marks the time for all of the sports world to return to conversation regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) in professional sports, and in specifically Major League Baseball. It’s still four days until the Super Bowl, and you can imagine my disdain as I turned on SportsCenter this morning, and talk has already turned to Alex Rodriguez being tested positive for PEDs.
They couldn’t even wait until football season was completely over.
Now we find out this morning that Vijay Singh has been squirting Deer Antler spray under his tongue, and that deer antler spray is a product called IGF-1 which is on the PGA‘s list of banned substances as it is considered a PED. It is actually a Human Growth Hormone(HGH), and is said to aid in sports pain, and short recovery periods from injuries.
Singh turns 50 years old next month, and is doing battle with father time. He doesn’t want to do as most of his fellow competitors have done, and that is to move on to the Champions Tour where the fairways are not as long, and the competition is not quite as fierce. Vijay Singh’s golf swing is very intricate, and requires hours and hours of practice hitting ball on the driving range to maintain. He is looking for a method to build more muscle, and recover from practice sessions quicker.
IGF-1 is banned throughout professional sports due to its protective and recovery capabilities. Singh reportedly purchased the product from Sports with Alternatives to Steroids a/k/a S.W.A.T.S., a company known for assisting professional athletes with their performance.
Here is the excerpt from the article in its entirety:Vijay Singh, however, remains a vocal supporter. In November, Singh paid Ross $9,000 for the spray, chips, beam ray and powder additive — making him one of the few athletes who is compensating S.W.A.T.S. He says he uses the spray banned by the PGA “every couple of hours . . . every day,” sleeps with the beam ray on and has put chips on his ankles, waist and shoulders. “I’m looking forward to some change in my body,” Singh says. “It’s really hard to feel the difference if you’re only doing it for a couple of months.
At this writing, there has been no response from the PGA, or Vijay Singh regarding this subject. The PGA does random drug testing, which is usually done after a round of golf where a player can be summoned, and is expected to provide samples. The testing was done to bring the sport into alignment with the Olympics before the Games reach Rio De Janerio in 2016.
This subject has been avoided in professional golf to this point. I know people who have wondered if the PGA was doing anything about steroids, and I have a feeling we will hear more than we want to in next couple of weeks. Vijay Singh is in Phoenix this week, and is scheduled to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open which begins on Thursday.
It will be interesting to see how fans deal with this new problem, but I’m sure Vijay will hear about it on the 16th hole when the tournament gets underway.
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