The South African National Pigeon Organisation (SANPO) has informed clubs that drug-testing for pigeons is on the cards.Members of each club will be nominated and trained to take samples from the pigeons’ baskets on race day to make sure everybody is playing by the rules. This has become necessary, especially where ‘big money races’ are involved. Who would have thought that you could use steroids for pigeon racing? But then again, like any athlete, pigeons can also be manipulated.The past weekend saw the mature birds flying all the way from Campbell. The conditions were traitorous to say the least. With rain, poor visibility and wind on their way home, it was the top birds that made the distance on the same day. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Tiekie Crouse sent a clear message that his title as club champion may not be up for grabs yet by securing 18 places out of a possible 30.The results for the Campbell Open Race were as follows:Tiekie Crouse 1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10;12;13;15;17;19;21;22;28;30. Lewis Hay 9;14;16;18;26;29. Eric Holder 11;20;25. Paul Manual 23 (Jan Theart missed out).It is in these difficult circumstances that some pigeons make the wrong choices and end up with the ‘Town Hall gang’ in some town, or they end up on the Durban beach front like beach-bums. Most of them find other lofts though. It has therefore become compulsory for fanciers to stick their cell numbers on the pigeons’ rings. It’s almost a reflection of life and the choices we make, which can make you a hero or a zero.