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'I cheat because others cheat': Kenya struggles against doping

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By Cyril BELAUD

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in the world where only winning athletes get paid puts a lot of pressure onto the athletes.

Sports should start paying athletes who managed to compete in finals or find some other ways for incentives.

Since most of the time only the top 3 actually get paid, the "losers" have to leave with nothing after years and months of training and worse if the person gets away with drugs.

I can totally imagine that due to such circumstances there's a huge pressure that can sway them to take drugs.

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its prohibition all over again, let dopers have their own competition and non dopers their competion. People can then clearly decide who is the campion in their class.

Of couse for dopers adulation probably short lived.

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@Cricky

its become almost impossible to tell dopers from non dopers. The methods used by dopers as well as testing times and restrictions make it a dopers paradise.

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its prohibition all over again, let dopers have their own competition and non dopers their competion. People can then clearly decide who is the campion in their class.

I wouldn't call it prohibition, but I agree about having separate competitions. Same goes for games for XX chromosomes and XY chromosomes and then other.

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I wonder how many are on Japanese ekiden teams.

Perhaps we should focus on sports as things you do yourself, not something you throw money at other people for doing. Countries should supply facilities but should go all out at fostering mass participation, not nurturing an elite for medals and trinkets used for national pride and other tribalism.

In the case of cycling, there is still the whiff of doping around the sport, but the substances used now, painkillers, asthma drugs, etc. are way less harmful than blood transfusions and EPO of 15-20 years ago. Riders are now slower on better bikes and with more scientific training than in the EPO era. Take it back further and they were all on "la bomba", amphetemines/speed. Eddy Mercxx himself was caught three times. Even if Chris Froome likes his inhaler, this is still progress by the authorities.

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In some sports, the difference between winning and losing is just milliseconds! and that's also the difference between riches and glory, and, to be mild , the rest of them. It has become a competition of covert science and scientists represented by athletes in the arenas.

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Maybe it's just me, but I can't help but to see this story as a fitting metaphor for how dog-eat-dog, neo-liberal capitalism eventually corrupts everything. I expect there is a similar amount of corruption among some of the testers and their under-the-table, back-door procedures. Hearing echoes of Lao Tzu over the centuries ... 'The more laws the country, the more corrupt the people.'

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I've simply turned it off. Grew up a huge American Baseball fan. Stats mean everything in baseball and ALL of the records are now tainted with drug enhanced performances by a league and players who have cheated for years.

Still love ball, watching high school baseball here in Tokyo. Great games...

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