Last week, Russian high-jumper Ivan Ukhov was booted from an IAAF-sanctioned track and field event for drinking vodka and Red bull in-between jumps. After failing every attempt, officials asked him to just stop.
While the IAAF has not classified alcohol as a performance-enhancing substance, the orginization has revoked Ukhov's travel stipend for making a mockery of the sport.
This seems harsh.
Ukhov has clearly done the world a service through his steadfast commitment to advancing our knowledge of alcohol’s impact on high-performance athletes under real world conditions.
We salute you, sir.