I think it would naive to consider that no one in usa weightlifting has used to get themselves near the top. They may stop once there when all the drug tests start, but I don't believe for a second EVERY lifter that attended the olympic trials this year has never touched a banned substance. My opinion of course which probably doesn't mean much. Doping is unfair for everyone, EVEN THE ATHLETES THAT DOPE IN MANY INSTANCES. Systemic doping in impoverished countries such as china and bulgaria is downright wrong. The athletes may not want to take drugs but when it comes down to it they need to in order to put food on their tables or go work at a dry cleaners. Which would you choose?This is what sports have become, not just weightlifting. I've said it before and I'll say it again. A crossroads will soon come in our culture where people will have to decide how far they are willing to go to stop drug use in sports or if they will just let it go on and accept it. Part of me thinks that anti doping will just change to anti gene doping and sports will just become freakshows allowed people to juice as long as they dont gene dope. Look at the recent success of strongman, its a freakshow and considerably more popular than any strength sport around right now. Who knows though, new generations, new ideas. We will see in 20 years or maybe less because the anti doping campaign will change a lot by then whether it be for good or for bad.If Paul didn't have such influence on young kids I would treat it like I would any other lifter. USADA did their job and busted him. Who cares, he won't be the first or the last to use or get busted for it. Don't try to ruin his life over it, people do a lot worse things. The fact that he influences kids is where it gets to me a bit. You should be more responsible in that case. You may argue that well Dmitry Berestov influences kids too! Well go read the russian boards. Dmitry berestov or not these kids are raised to understand that doping is how the best athletes get there while in the usa it is covered up. Completely different cultures.
Page created in 0.691 seconds with 31 queries.