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There was a time when a tennis player drank water and ate a banana at the break now they take who knows what? While fame and fortune is to be had as a successful athlete you will get chemists selling PEDs and athletes taking them.There is no answer and very little point in spending the vast amounts of money that's spent to try and stop it. It's like the weather...a force of nature and unstoppable.
all sports that require physicality and where money can be made has a drug problem
@phrtao... Alcohol is banned during competition in darts. You are not allowed to drink whilst you are competing.
@ 91 Agreed & given that Turkey also has its own issues with doping lets hope Istanbul don't get it either. Japan has been largely untainted by drugs scandals so lets hope the 2020 Olympics are to be held in Tokyo.
And Spain can wave goodbye to their Olympic bid. What an embarrassment... a bankrupt country spends millions bidding for the 2020 Olympics only for them to sabotage their own bid and throw millions of euros (and their reputation) down the drain.
I think we need to start banning countries, who refuse to join international efforts to rid sport of drugs, from the Olympics. Let's start with Spain. They clearly aren't willing to deal with this issue. They're a disgrace.
(cont. from 88) to remain untainted may well be Alonso.This investigation has been hindered at every level since '06, and only with the growing international pressure is it finally moving in the right direction. Until Spain makes doping illegal like many other nations its achievements cannot be taken seriously (this goes for all nations where doping is not illegal). Eastern Europe is also bad
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(cont. from 86) and various national bodies having handed out a variety of punishments and almost all related names tarnished and shamed already.But everyone knows the true scale of Fuentes activities goes far far beyond Cycling, and as far back as the '92 Olympics if not further in places.Many of Spains top Footballers and teams are known clients of his... to be continues in new post again
As this is the only Doping HYS around i have to comment on another article here.Todays article, "Did this Doctor give drugs to hundreds of athletes?", is absolutely terrible!!! It barely scratches the surface of Operation Puerto, and focuses almost solely on Cycling. The part of the investigation relating to Cycling has been well known since 2006 with the UCI,WADA.... to be continued in new post
If drugs are supposedly rife in athletics then why aren't more women, for example, getting anywhere near (or surpassing) some of the world records set by Eastern Europeans 30 years ago? Doesn't this suggest there are less people taking drugs? Am I missing something?
Good on Lynsey for speaking out. Only the tip of the iceberg gets caught. Athletics has a serious drugs problem, and action needs to be taken. The slew of biopassport cases started show just how common oxygen vector doping was/is.
Not many famous or infamous find their way into dictionaries with their names meaning something more than when they were born.Einstein is one, Quisling another. I wonder if Santamaria will have a different connotation in years to come than just a religious one.Maybe its just one of those coincidences that for years the Spanish could produce so many fine performers in endurance sport
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