There was an interesting interview of the CBC last night with Victor Comte. The person who supplied Marion Jones with the synthetic steroid that propelled her to all the Golds in Sydney. She has since been stripped of them and sent to jail for lying to authorities about it. He estimated that as many an 2/3 of the top athletes in the most high profile sports are on dope.. like the 100M Dash.
He also said the drug course they use is to build up that strength is from October to December, when little testing is done, and then they run clean the rest of the year, knowing the effects will last at least through the competive season and the Olympics. Steroids are only detectable in the immediate aftemath of usage, so clean tests don't mean they are clean. Jones tested clean something like 160 times.
This innovation of retroactively removing medals is a good development. Frankly a window of 4 years on either side of the event should apply. If you're caught on dope not only are you suspended for 4 years out, but all the medals and results you won for 4 years prior are removed as well, on the fair assumption you were cheating then too. Impose that and start rigorous testing in the 4th Qtr and you'll have a powerful disincentive to cheat.
There are some signs i've noted to that indicate cheating. 1. Dramatic improvements in performance, late in one's career. 2. Association with other cheaters, both in an official and personal capacity, often in drug infested programmes. 3. Cheaters often have turbulent personal lives, although this is hard to guage. There is a private cost in cheating and presenting a false image to the world. If you cheat in your vocation, chances are you cheat in everything else as well.
There are some very prominent athletes, in swimming (NOT Michael Phelps) and in Track and Field who are on dope, and milking the crowd for cheers, and sponsors for money, all on false pretences.
Last edited by coldstream; Aug 18th, 2008 at 01:42 PM..