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Footballers 'on Viagra' to boost performance

Raf Sanchez Washington

Published 01/12/2012 | 05:00

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The American football league is abuzz with rumour after a star player suggested that some of his colleagues may be using Viagra to improve their performance on the field.

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Brandon Marshall, a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, claimed he had "heard of guys using Viagra" to increase their blood flow.

He said he personally did not use it, describing himself as "fortunate enough to be blessed with size and some smarts". But his comments set off rampant speculation. "I don't understand what good it would do," said Vonnie Holliday of the Arizona Cardinals.

A study by the World Anti-Doping Agency tested the "little blue pill" on a lacrosse team and found some athletic benefits but not enough to ban it. In 2004, German climbers were given Viagra as they scaled Mount Everest and researchers noted that their blood vessels tightened less than expected. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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