DO YOU TRUST ATHLETES?

Disgraced Olympic runner, Marion Jones, has now given her medals back and will soon be heading to jail. After vehemently lying about it, she finally admitted using a banned steroid for two years. She has done incalculable harm to the 2000 Sydney games. She was a fake. The other athletes and the spectators wasted their time on a lie.

But she isn’t the only one. Our own Ben Johnson lost his gold at Seoul in 1988 for taking steroids. The American bicycle champion, Landis, lost his title because of dope. So did Ms. Jenniot (sic) of Quebec. Marion Jones partner, Tim Montgomery, a 100 meter title holder, has been barred from competition for doping. Most sports writers think home-run king Barry Jones was juiced up. And the experts say these names are just the tip of the iceberg.

Have you lost your faith in athletes?

Should the authorities be doing more to nail them?

3 Comments »

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    Chimera Says:

    Perhaps the question should be: Why do you put any “faith” in athletes?

    The list of abuses and cheats by athletes goes ‘way back. There was a woman back in 1932 — Stella Walsh — who, after her death was “discovered” to have been a hermaphrodite (although it had been widely suspected when she won her gold, no one had any way to prove it). She is one of the main reason women athletes are now subjected to chromosome tests.

    This is not an imperative for most people. What does it really matter if athletes poison themselves? Prize money? Sponsorship contracts? C,mon…these people play games for a living!

    When they do something constructive, maybe I’ll consider them to have some actual value.

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    Chimera Says:

    Ah…change that last sentence to read: When they do something constructive, maybe I’ll consider their efforts to have some actual value.

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    It’s a shame that today’s athletes believe they have to cheat to compete.

    I love(d) the Olympics–or at least the ideals of the Olympics. The best of the best come and compete for their country in an atmosphere of competition, fair play and respect, irrespective of politics. I still watch because as a kid I thought the most noble place to compete was the Olympics–I would have loved to have been good enough to go.

    But, since so few of these athletes are amatuers any more it’s now all about the money. And apparently being all about the money means being all about the cheating.

    It’s a terrible example to set for the young kids who look up to these athletes. So much for citius, altius, fortius. Maybe they should change the motto to doping, steroids, testosterone.

    Anyone who cheats should be stripped and banned.

    But I still like to watch. It’s a culmination of years of hard work (doping aside) and I get a chance to watch sports that get no airtime otherwise. And the stories of people who struggle just to compete–like the women from the Middle East countries.

    I’m sorry. I still like to think it’s noble. Maybe I just pretend for a couple of weeks every 4 years.


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