EMMET RUSHE: CHEAT TO WIN?

first_imgThe International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) was engulfed in a crisis over widespread doping allegations at the weekend.The allegations are focused mainly on Track and Field events and they have brought it into the same realm as cycling regarding the perceived levels of doping and corruption.This isn’t new news to the IAAF. The scandal broke back in December 2014 when a German news station ARD/WDR obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012 and released a documentary Doping – Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics. The BBC reported yesterday that the findings of the databased revealed that;A third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests. It is claimed none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.More than 800 athletes – one in seven of those named in the files – have recorded blood tests described by one of the experts as “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal”.A top UK athlete is among seven Britons with suspicious blood scores.British athletes – including Olympic champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill – have lost out in major events to competitors who were under suspicion.Ten medals at London 2012 were won by athletes who have dubious test results.In some finals, every athlete in the three medal positions had recorded a suspicious blood test.Russia emerges as “the blood testing epicentre of the world” with more than 80% of the country’s medals won by suspicious athletes, while Kenya had 18 medals won by suspicious athletes.Stars such as Britain’s Mo Farah and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt recorded no abnormal results.Athletes are increasingly using blood transfusions and EPO micro-doses to boost the red cell count.According to Michael Ashenden, one of the world’s foremost anti-doping experts, the files show that athletics is now in the same “diabolical position” as cycling during the Lance Armstrong era.He said it was “a shameful betrayal of [the IAAF’s] primary duty to police their sport and to protect clean athletes”.If you have ever wondered how much of an advantage doping can give you over your competition, here is an example of what it did for Lance Armstrong; Before being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, his best Tour de France position was 36th.The year he came back having overcome testicular cancer, he won the 1999 competition with a seven-hour margin.Eventually, the United States Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from professional cycling for life and described Armstrong’s cheating as “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”Lance finished his career 10 years ago. How far do you think doping and the ability to mask the effects of doping have come since then?Let’s face facts. There is widespread drug taking in all sports.There is huge money to be made; especially if you are the star of the show; not to mention the fact that you have a short career at high level sports. If you think that athletes and organisations wouldn’t go to whatever means necessary to win, you are sorely mistaken.Of course you cannot tar every athlete with the same brush, but when more than 800 athletes have abnormalities with blood work, it does suggest a major problem.So how do they deal with this problem?Is it only at the highest level of sports, or does it filter down to grassroots levels? A look at the list of failed drugs tests in Athletics over the years would suggest that the problem is rampant and the only people that the bans affect are the athletes themselves.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_doping_cases_in_athleticsBut it isn’t just the athlete that we have to look at with the doping scandal.Unless you make very strict penalties for coaches, doctors, agents, and support personnel who are likely implicit in the doping, it will never stop.Doping rarely occurs in isolation. If we have learned nothing from history and from cycling, the ones who don’t get caught, for the most part, have a systematic approach with doctors, agents, and support around them.We also have to remember that usually, athletes at the highest level are rarely ‘caught’. The anti-doping organisations are quite often tipped off by rival teams, countries or by disgruntled former teammates like in Lance Armstrong’s case.Personally, I don’t think that the doping issue will ever go away from athletics.There is simply too much at stake and whenever competition and money is involved, people will go to whatever means necessary to win.It’s flawed human nature.What we can expect from the IAAF, is a mass media response to the subject with apologies and promises of change and stricter penalties for dopers, but when you are up against entire nations, don’t be expecting a clean slate anytime soon.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: CHEAT TO WIN? was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cheating to windrugs in sportemmet rushefitness columnlast_img