COCh President: “Purposely seeking positive doping is not the right thing to do, whatever the reason”


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COCh President: "Purposely seeking positive doping is not the right thing to do, whatever the reason"

“I smoked marijuana the day before, I did it on purpose. I’ve been tired of this for months, I’m suffering a lot with pain, depression. I can’t take it anymore. I hope you understand me.” They were part of the words of the weightlifter Arley Méndez after his participation in the Olympic Games.

The athlete, who had a suffered performance this morning, being able to lift only 160 kilos and not 190 in the three attempts he had. He even said that he would retire from the activity, arguing that “I like to compete, but I am suffering a lot and the sport is doing me badly.”

His sayings surprised several, especially what he says about cannabis use, but also because he revealed the mental health problems that he has been suffering from.

In that sense, the president of the Chilean Olympic Committee (COCh), Miguel Ángel Mujica, pointed out that “Arley’s statements leave us very surprised. In these Olympic Games we have seen several examples that remind us that athletes are human beings and cannot always perform at their best. hundred percent”, according to Radio Cooperativa.

“We understand that high-performance athletes are under a lot of pressure, that is why it is not easy to make an analysis and less a judgment of what is happening,” added the leader, who in any case questioned the use of marijuana by Méndez: “Purposely seeking positive doping is not the right decision, whatever the reason.”

Finally, Mujica said that “we hope to have a conversation with Arley in Santiago, once the Olympic Games are over.”


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