Whatever your sport, this is shocking...

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Feb '09

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Blonska the "cheating cow"

Okay, so it might appear that we are some kind of drugs crusade. No, we aren’t trying to be judge and jury to the world’s doping ills, but what we are trying to do is highlight a view that this has all gone on too long and the tipping point is nigh for the sports dopers.

Reading this article on Kelly Sotherton and her Beijing experiences leaves me in almost jaw-dropping disbelief as to the lengths that some athletes will go to. There is a new school of athlete coming through in the world of athletics and these youngsters must be the leaders-of-the-new-school when comes to upholding anti-doping messages in sport.

Interestingly mountain and trail running haven’t suffered much in this area in the past, and this could be linked to a lack of money – where cash is involved people will cheat, fact. However, the WMRA must work closely with WADA, in our view, as more money appears in the form of prizes in such races as the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Running Race the greater the temptation will be.

So, expect us to highlight what we see as injustices in athletics / endurance running, as we would like to see a sporting arena for future generations that not only deters drug cheats, but bans them for life.

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  1. Gwilym Feb 9, 11:59 PM

    The cyclist Bernhard Kohl the Tour de France 2008 Mountain Stage cheat and 3rd place on the podium cheat was banned for 2 years. Is this enough?
    In mountain running there may not be doping but I was once at a small amateur race with no prizes, 40 runners, and on the start line in the first two rows, the lean and mean runners, there were many asthma-type inhalers, at least 6, on open view. We mountain runners must not get smug and complacent. The cheats are everywhere.

  2. MST Feb 10, 04:35 AM

    The cheats are everywhere Gwilym, I agree. Your story on the inhalers is very interesting, I had heard about this, but at a local race? Quite amazing! I’d be interested in hearing if others have similar stories from the ‘amateur’ scene…

    Kohl, Schumacher and Ricco, all thought to be part of the new school in cycling. I am afraid they were, but that new school is called CERA!!

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