Do y'all think doping in our sport only changes the outcomes
at meets? Think again!
There's a "trickle down" effect to doping.
Imagine how many clean
swimmers fall just short of "A" or "B" cuts for the Olympic Games
Remember, those cuts are determined by performances
and some of those performances were drug-enhanced.
Dopers don't just take away podium
opportunities from clean athletes - they take away competition
Also, it's been shown that cheaters benefit from their doping even after they're caught, serve suspensions, and return to the sport as "clean" athletes.
They compete and take away competition and podium spots from the kids who were always
We need to:
- Kick out dopers for life,
- Delete tainted records,
- Strip medals from dopers,
- Award those medals to clean athletes, and
- Shame other sports into doing the same!
Swimming can't do it alone. We need all sports to clean up their acts.
When Johnny Homer fails his PED
test, what if his team had to forfeit all games he appeared in that season?
Penalizing a team for one jerk's personal failings sounds pretty harsh, doesn't it. Wouldn't it work, though?
You can bet it would clean up MLB
in a big hurry. Ball clubs would do plenty of in-house testing and get rid of dirty players on their own, knowing missing out on playoff spots would cost them millions in revenue.
If only owners would get serious. Stop with the slap on the wrist for a first offense. Go straight to lifetime bans and forfeited games. If folks want to see more home runs, use a livelier ball and/or shorten up outfield wall dimensions.
Anyone out there still watch le Tour
? Rampant doping in cycling has turned their sport into a joke.
Swimming needs to be better - much, much better...