Mike,Sorry for the double post, but I am curious about the USAW's long term intentions with this policy. Will it be consistent? Will Americans testing positive for steroids with much larger fines be required to pay them to regain their eligibility? Do you think this is fair since many other countries are obviously not holding the individual lifter responsible for it? Thanks
Mike,Thanks for taking the time to address my questions and objections. We will have to agree to disagree. But, I will sum up with an overall assessment of the plan in my view and some predictions for some of the unintended consequences. First, I believe the rule is an immoral attempt to regulate the private lives of lifers, for no good reason. I would feel about the same if they banned anyone who has had any kind of sex to avoid the risk of blood born pathogens being spread via blood on the bar.Second, this puts American lifters at a new disadvantage compared to other nations that do not make their lifters pay the fine. So, this is, again, the USAW making things harder on the lifter, not easier- a long pattern. Third, eventually we will see Americans suspended for pot or other trivial violations longer than steroid users who get their fee paid. Fourth, I predict it will not be consistent and will only be a matter of time until the USAW decides paying some lifter's fee is necessary- as in to get a lifter eligible that otherwise might/would not be in time to score points for Olympic Team slots. And, it could easily dwarf Norik's $5,000 fee. Fifth, its well worth $5,000 to get Norik on the right track and could pay off beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Its a good investment.Peace
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