Sporting Life

Sporting Life: As a professional athlete, you should never run out of puff

The professional athlete is a musician of a sort. His body is his instrument. He oils it with sweat. He stores it carefully, which is why Pete Sampras kept his room very dark just to sleep well. He nourishes it with minerals, yak's milk, proteins, sports drinks and unpleasant gluten-free concoctions. Even Rocky started the day with five raw eggs.

But nicotine?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'As a professional athlete, you should never run out of puff'. Subscribe