I logged on CNN.com this morning to examine one other potential doping scandal in sports activities. This time it was in biking.
In line with CNN, Spanish officers have linked a number of the Tour De France's prime riders, together with tour favourite Jan Ulrich to drug doping (CNN.com).
For now I’ll reserve judgment on this explicit story, since Lance Armstrong was wrongfully accused by Dick Pound and L'Equipe final 12 months.
Evidently on a weekly foundation sports activities followers are listening to tales about medicine in sports activities. As we speak's tales are about human development hormones, steroids, drug doping and different efficiency enhancing medicine.
As a sports activities fan I'm outraged and saddened by these scandals. I personally wish to see honest play in sports activities. I shouldn’t have to see data being damaged. I additionally need the very best athlete / workforce to win by taking part in throughout the guidelines.
So who's in charge? I feel quite a few events have to take some duty.
1) Skilled Sports activities Groups & Governing Our bodies – There's quite a lot of strain placed on athletes to interrupt data. athletes have incentives tied to their contracts. In the event that they hit sure targets or set data they will earn much more cash.
Novice athletes can change their lives without end by setting data, studying championships, and many others. They will go on to skilled sports activities the place profitable contracts exist.
Sports activities franchises and their governing our bodies have traditionally turned a blind eye to sports activities doping, steroids, and many others. Their groups and leagues flourished and followers poured into the stands.
Why would they wish to rock the boat? Effectively I suppose integrity, ethics, morality and honest play come to thoughts.
It's time for skilled and newbie sports activities leagues and associations to get powerful with the athletes that cheat. I imagine in lifetime bans for cheaters who take efficiency enhancing medicine.
2) The Fan – Sure we’re should take a number of the blame. If it weren’t for the fan demanding extra data or sooner and stronger athletes, sports activities groups wouldn’t really feel the necessity to flip a blind eye to efficiency enhancing medicine.
Followers are so centered on profitable. They won’t tolerate failure with their sports activities groups. Followers cease attending video games, matches and competitions when their groups or favourite athletes don’t do properly.
This places unfair strain on athletes, sports activities franchises and leagues / associations.
three) The media . It's all about hype at present. This hype apparently results in higher scores. The sports activities media wish to see data being damaged. In addition they wish to see superhuman athletes.
When scandals break, the sports activities media acts shocked they usually react harshly. I additionally suppose that previously the media unintentionally did not report on potential scandals till it's too late.
Now I feel that the media is waking up. Now they’re searching for the following scandal to return their method.
four) The dishonest athlete – The athlete that cheat's is probably the most culpable in my thoughts. They're those taking the medicine and making the choice to play unfairly.
Nobody's placing a gun to their head. What about taking part in sports activities for the love of the sport and never for the buck.
It's time for sports activities athletes to take a stand in opposition to any type of dishonest.
As we speak's athletes are so consumed about cash that they may do something to win. I want to see athletes taking part in their sport for absolutely the love of the sport. That ought to be the stimulating issue. If you happen to do properly and find yourself making the most of it, nice. If not, no less than you'll have the satisfaction that you simply did your finest, loved the competitors and performed throughout the guidelines.