(WCMH) – The world’s top-ranked bridge player has been suspended after testing positive for banned substances.
According to the World Bridge Federation, Geir Helgemo, who competes for Monaco, tested positive for synthetic testosterone and the female fertility drug clomifene.
As a result, Helgemo is banned from competitive play until November. He must also give up all titles, medals, awards and masterpoints earned during 2018 World Bridge Series events.
He was also fined nearly 3,700 euros for the cost of the hearing.
The World Bridge Federation is a member of the International Olympic Committee and follows doping regulations set forth by the IOC.
“Geir Helgemo represents Monaco, but is also a member of the Norwegian Bridge Federation. He has previously played for the Norwegian national team and is our biggest star. Many in the bridging community know Geir and appreciate him. It is his responsibility not to take drugs that are on the doping list, although in this case, they are not performance enhancing in bridge. I feel with Geir in this situation and hope that he will come back stronger,” said Kari-Anne Opsal, president of the Norwegian Bridge Federation.