Regarding Doping

So, I was reading a few things about the history of doping, and apparently, ancient greek athletes were also doping themselves, according to a new book (by greek authors), using natural stimultants and some other not so natural, including narcotics (~opium).

In the modern sport history, the first known doping scandal is as old as 1886, when a bicyclist of the era died of an overdose of a doping drug, during a race.

Today, IAAF says that about 10% of its athletes are dopping (and that’s probably all their big names, I don’t imagine most athletes/coaches from Pakistan or Kongo having money to buy such things). I would personally say that more than 35% of the big names in athletics are doping today.

Watching today the american Jeremy Wariner winning the 400m with such ease, at the age of 19, it just didn’t smell right. The guy is thin, white and too young to have the physical maturity to be able to yield such times. Yet, he finishes in 44 seconds and he showed that he could easily do below 44 seconds if he wanted to. People say that it’s all about the coach (the same person behind Michael Johnson), but I find it highly unlikely that the same coach had the luck to have under his supervision two extra-super-talents during his coaching career. The global statistics just don’t add up.

And then, you got East Germany (pre-1990), Russia, China etc, where their governments would give dangerous steroids to their athletes even if the atheletes didn’t wanted to. Sometimes, to 14 and 15 year old kids. But I give them credit for this: their coaches knew how and when to give the drugs. No East German athlete was ever caught cheating, yet, it was a common secret about the drugs that was spread out among 10,000 of their athletes!

IAAF should suspend the greek sprinters Kenteris and Thanou without a second thought. But that won’t make the global sport scene any cleaner. Nevertheless, two down, 4,000+ more to go.

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