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06:46PM, Mon 28 July 2008

How Should We Punish Drug Cheats?

We've just seen three drug cheats caught in the Tour De France and given the boot, possibly even to face charges that could result in jail sentences. Within two weeks we'll start shaking our heads at drug cheats busted at the Beijing Olympics. That leads me to the question - how should we punish drug cheats? Is a stint in jail the answer? Is a two-year ban enough or should they cop a life ban right from the start? Should they face further humiliation by being forced to walk around with 'I AM A DRUG CHEAT' stamped on their forehead? Perhaps it's time we stood together and showed these cheats just how pathetic they are. Tattoo them for life I say! These fools need to know that the general public, and more importantly other 'clean' competitors, aren't going to tolerate the ridiculous excuses drug cheats cough up from now on. "Oh, I drank too much coffee before running the 100 metres. I don't know why I did it, but I just felt the need to slurp down 50 cups of coffee!" Yeah right! What a load of crap. Or....."Gee, I don't know how those needles and traces of drugs got in my bag, underneath my bed, in my room......I've been set up!" Too many talented and clean athletes have failed to receive due recognition for their efforts when beaten for gold by drug cheats. Enough is enough. Let's see the powers that be get serious. Perhaps you have an appropriate punishment for drug cheats. Tell the mySport world what you'd do to a drug cheat. Personally, I'd go with a tattoo from temple to temple! I AM A DRUG CHEAT! The Yapper has spoken!
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06:58PM, Mon 28 July 2008
A good read on the matter is a book by Australia's Werner Reiterer - POSITIVE. It traces his life as a clean athlete, his decision to take drugs pre Sydney "assisted" by the Australian athletics world and then his decision to quite athletics just before Sydney, just before he was certain of winning Gold. The drugs gave him the extra 8m his counterparts had been enjoying his whole career. The book didn't get much air time because it was going to rain on the Sydney parade but it remains a relevant resource. It is not only the athletes that need punishing, it is the coaches and organisations that share in the windfall of their success. How many successful East German athletes of the 70's are still alive? NONE - I think they got their punishment - the problem is bigger than the athletes.

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03:28PM, Tue 29 July 2008
What if it was discovered that 70%+ of the athletes are taking drugs? The fact is the chemists are always well ahead of WADA et al. The Marion Jones case proves this. She was tested in Sydney on at least two occassions, possibly more and was deemed clear, yet we now know she and many others were on drugs by her admissions.
The sports are all petrified that if they were all exposed that the sports would cop a critical blow. Get set to see the Chinese break all sorts of world records at these games - it may be like Berlin all over again, only this time its about Chinese superiority not Aryan!
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