Drug-testing officials aim to catch cheaters in ... ice fishing?

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Doping is such a widespread problem in the world of sports that it has come to this – drug tests in ice fishing, the New York Times reports.

And no, the Times reports, the tests do not screen for beer "because then everybody would fail,” Joel McDearmon, chairman of the United States Freshwater Fishing Federation, told the newspaper.

The iconic image of an angler sitting for hours – perhaps dozing – on the ice of Minnesota's lakes does not match that of the perfectly toned, world-class athletes associated with the Olympics. But leaders of the sport are seeking a long-shot bid to add ice fishing to the Olympics, the Times reports.

And that would mean that participants would have to take the same doping tests as world-class sprinters and weight lifters, the Times reports. The newspaper visited the World Ice Fishing Championship in Wausau, Wis., where an official from the United States Anti-Doping Agency ordered winners to submit urine samples to detect steroids and growth hormones. (Anglers from across the globe competed in the event, which Russia won. The U.S. finished fourth.)

Is any sport beyond suspicion? Not really, the Times reports.

Competitors in darts, miniature golf, chess and tug of war have all been drug tested in recent years, in some cases because leaders of those pursuits were seeking Olympic bids.

After the 2012 London Games last summer, Sports Illustrated wrote that drugs continue to taint the Games, and perhaps always will. That's despite the fact that competitors in London faced the most high-tech tests ever, CNN reported.

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