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Brazil clubs don't need Viagra for action up high

Brazil clubs don't need Viagra for action up high

Brazilian football clubs Palmeiras and Gremio denied they are thinking of using Viagra to combat oxygen depletion during high-altitude Copa Libertadores matches.
The issue emerged this week when Brazilian reporters asked a Gremio trainer, Alarico Endres, about the potential use of Viagra during the South American championship.
"We're going to analyze everything that could benefit the players in (high) altitude," Endres responded.
But Gremio physician Marcio Bolzoni said Endres was misinterpreted.
"Gremio would never uses professional athletes to experiment with a drug," Bolzoni said. "If it is proven that it enhances an athlete's performance, its use will be immediately considered as doping."
Palmeiras doctor Claudio Pavanelli told the GloboEsporte Web site: "Viagra may be a potent vascular dilator, but it is no use pumping more blood to the muscle if it does not have the capacity to receive it. It would be like equipping an old car with a bigger gas tank but keeping the same engine."
The World Anti-Doping Agency was studying whether Viagra should be banned from sports for its potential use as a performance-enhancing drug.
Viagra, or sildenafil citrate, suppresses an enzyme that regulates blood flow and allows vessels to relax and widen. It also was used to treat pulmonary hypertension by relaxing the arterial wall.


Updated : 2021-06-17 04:48 GMT+08:00