As a huge cynic, my thoughts on the latest doping controversy of 1/3 of athletes have “suspicious” tests are as follows:
1 – The other 2/3 of athletes are doing a fantastic job of keeping things covered up. There will be a small amount of “natural” athletes, but it’ll be easier finding the needle in the haystack!
2 – There’s a reason none of the bigger names don’t get pulled up. Sponsorships.
We want faster runners, higher jumpers, more world records. Who would want to sponsor an event in which the athletes were mediocre?
3 – As with the Lance Armstrong case, there are people at the top of the tree helping cover up the failed tests, unless, there is a political or economic advantage to revealing a failed test.
4 – Again with Lance’s case, he won the Tour De France by minutes and seconds not hours so he was either being really clever or the rest of the pack were at it too (which many of them have already been nailed down now as well).
5 – In any sport winning is the only thing that matters.
An anonymous poll by Gabe Mirkin & Bob Goldman from the 70’s in which the question asked was:
“If I had a magic drug that was so fantastic that if you took it once you would win every competition you would enter from the Olympic Decathlon to the Mr Universe, for the next five years but it had one minor drawback, it would kill you five years after you took it, would you still take the drug?”
Over half said they would.
Fast forward 40 years to 2009 and another study by James O’Connor showed that less that 30% would take the drug.
Reason being? Because nothing is anonymous anymore. You can find a hell of a lot on the Internet and hackers can do the rest.
Am I a cynic? I don’t think so, I’m just being a realist.
Take a look at Chris Bell’s documentary, “Bigger, Stronger, Faster.”
6 – They aren’t some wonder drug that makes you Superman overnight. You still need to work your ass off.
7 – If governments could find a way to legalise them, monitor them and make money from them, Steroids would be legal.
Tobacco Attributed Deaths: 435,000
Alcohol Attributed Deaths: 85,000
Steroid Attributed Deaths: 3
Go figure why Alcohol and Tobacco are legal. I’ll give you a hint. CASH.
8 – Drugs testing is so far behind the drugs themselves only stupidity results in a fail!
“A drug test is like an IQ test. Only idiots fail them.” – John Romano
If you compete in a sport where you must be clean and you do take PEDs, you are a cheat.
What you have to do first is find a sport that is truly clean. Good luck playing lawn bowls.