Total Members Voted: 21
Voting closed: Sep 30, 2006, 10:36 AM
Anti-doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as "the spirit of sport"; it is the essence of Olympism; it is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is characterized by the following values:â€¢ Ethics, fair play and honestyâ€¢ Healthâ€¢ Excellence in performanceâ€¢ Character and educationâ€¢ Fun and joyâ€¢ Teamworkâ€¢ Dedication and commitmentâ€¢ Respect for rules and lawsâ€¢ Respect for self and other participantsâ€¢ Courageâ€¢ Community and solidarityDoping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
Track and Field is also full of cheaters. Today's athletes know in order to win at the international level in the sports of weightlifting, cycling and track that you have to use performance enhancing drugs. We now live in an environment that can not be changed unless the governing bodies develop a backbone. The cycle of abuse can not be broken without causing the cheaters shame and pain. Those in charge must come down hard on all who are responsible for the cheating in order to break the cycle. Until then, the cheating will continue.BTW, I hate cheaters.
It's up to their discretion to enforce the rules how they see fit.
Penalties/policies that would in fact deter abuse, and inspire each country to police its own team, and possibly save this chaotic sport from the ash heap of history toward which it is now hurtling.
1. Individual lifter: Test positive, lose your appeal, you are banished from the sport for life, AND all records of your past pseudo-accomplishments are expunged from the record books.
2. National Body/Team: Catch one of your OWN first-team lifters positive, in random, no-advance notice, out of competition testing: No adverse team consequences whatsoever. (As for the individual, see No. 1.) If you are willing to fund testing 4x per year for your entire national team (on a no-notice, yearround basis), please accept one extra spot in the Olympic games for every year you do so -- or some similarly worthwhile reward for doing the right thing.
4. Headhunting: Any country can call for the no-notice testing of any five athletes it likes -- if it will pay for the testing costs, including the transit costs for the WADA team that rings their doorbell with cup and stopwatch in hand. If the athlete tests positive, see No. 1 above. If the athlete does not test positive, the country that called for the test eats the expense. Top lifters will find themselves urinating into sample beakers approximately every other tip to the bathroom -- and that's what it takes to prevent undetectable abuse by anyone with half a clue about the pharmacology of the compounds -- frequent, no-advance notice, year round testing. This is a way to pay for it.
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