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Rienda: "Doping is there, at a screen or a call, but it didn't even cross my mind to dope"

Pedro Aguado: "The only rubbish we got into in Barcelona'92 was eating hamburgers, and we won the money".

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Rienda: "Doping is there, at a screen or a call, but it didn't even cross my mind to dope"

Pedro Aguado: "The only rubbish we got into in Barcelona'92 was eating hamburgers, and we won the money"


The former president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and former skier, María José Rienda, admitted that doping "is there, at a call", but that she never thought of resorting to prohibited substances to improve her performance in the Summer Courses of the Menéndez Pelayo University (UIMP) in the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander.

"You know doping is there, on a screen, on a call, but doping didn't even cross my mind. Decisions have consequences and these are the ones that matter. I'm passionate about sport and I don't see myself in a life without it Doping me would be crushing what I am," said María José Rienda at the UIMP.

This is how the former Secretary of State for Sport expressed herself at the round table 'The importance of the athlete's environment in promoting the values ​​of clean sport', organized by the Spanish Commission for the Fight against Doping in Sport (CELAD) at the UIMP, along with former handball player Raúl Entrerríos and former water polo player Pedro García Aguado.

Rienda recalled that the elite High-Level Athlete (DAN) starts very young and from very early "they demand a lot", which makes him "mature very quickly". "Apart from the family, the technical team is important, educating you in the culture of effort. I have been an athlete to whom the pills have given me 'juyu'. Apart from the case of Johan Muehlegg, which was very famous, I haven't seen any high-profile cases in my sport," he said.

For the Olympic water polo champion at the Barcelona '92 Games, Pedro Aguado, there is a debate about whether a child has to "start competing or learn". "Parents are in the vortex of work and they forget about the transmission of values, and those values ​​have to come from the family," he indicated.

Elite sport is, according to Aguado, "the least healthy of sports because you push the body to the limit." "If you have well established those limits of what things you should not take to perform better, it is easier. Now there is a lot of overprotection of athletes because the family is used to pulling the chestnuts out of the fire," he stressed.

The former water polo player acknowledged that he was lucky "not to have a coach who came with a briefcase with rare products." "The only rubbish we got into in Barcelona'92 was eating hamburgers and we won the money. It's possible", he pointed out.

The former international of the 'Hispanics' Raúl Entrerríos affirmed that doping has not been present in the family's talks "directly". "They talked to us about playing sports, but from a playful point of view and they were always aware that we followed the right path. Handball is a fairly healthy sport and we have always had very good doctors who gave us the correct guidelines. You want to be stronger , but I am so clear that we have achieved things on the right path", he commented.

With 95 percent of the complaints received by CELAD being "anonymous", the president of the Royal Spanish Canoeing Federation (RFEP), Javier Hernanz, assured that he has never stepped "out of line" in his career . "But there comes a time when you invest 6 or 7 hours a day in training, you take maximum care of yourself and those who test positive beat you, and you think about it, because it's frustrating. Those who don't have those values ​​say: I do what that everyone does," he lamented.

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