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New faces to watch in the pool on the road to Tokyo Olympics

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Sorry swimming, cycling as track and field is tarnished, ruined beyond redemption by a failure of governing bodies to ban the drug cheats for life. Don't bother viewing.

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I don't see it as ruined. A lot of swimmers seem to be failing drug tests or they are suspected of doping. If everyone is doping, then you can call this the baseball of the 90's and early 2000's. Its simply the doping era and since everyone is doping, world records aside, they are all playing on an equal field.

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JJ Jetplane, test positive it must be game over, that has to be the red line, after a fair independent full inquiry.

These potential sporting greats are kids when they embark on there careers. And their coaches should be held criminally accountable. That means jail time.

Lives and future healths of past so called greats have been ruined. Some terminally.

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Sorry swimming, cycling as track and field is tarnished, ruined beyond redemption by a failure of governing bodies to ban the drug cheats for life. Don't bother viewing.

Well, let them all juice out to the max and make the playing field leveled. Let's see which country has the best muscle enhancing drugs on the market today!

It's no longer a battle to see who has the best swimmers, but to see who has the best scientists to create such performance enhancing medicines.

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@itsonlyrocknroll

I understand what you are saying. Yes it is cheating and they shouldn't be allowed to compete. However, it was on ESPN the other day that the only people that get caught doping are newbies or stupid people. Doping has become easy to hide these days because of all the medical advancements in drugs.

Most doping these days are done through blood transfusions. Many athletes keep their clean blood stored. They then get the substances placed directly into their blood streams. Every few days, weeks, or months these athletes would transfuse their clean blood back in and it would make the drugs undetectable. Furthermore, they would use this to help the body create a new supply of clean blood so they could continue. Also, most drug tests happen close to the competition date. By then, most people that were doping are not doping anymore.

The system has become too easy to hide. Its become impossible to tell clean athletes from dopers. Also, drug companies are consistently creating drugs that are right behind the step of banned substances. So even if the banned substance has the same affect of the new drug, because the new drug hasn't been banned, it is allowed until the committee bans the new drug from the next competition onward.

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I recently viewed a mini series on Olympic Champion Marion Jones........ Also a bio on Florence Griffith Joyner tragically shortened life.

I understand mandatory out of season drug testing was introduced in 1989 after Joyner retired. Jones survived, Joyner was not so fortunate although any alleged drug use has never been proven.

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Impressive that the Hungarian beat Phelps’ record. But Phelps is still the most decorated Olympian of all time so let’s see if he can live up to the pressure.

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JJ Jetplane: "If everyone is doping, then you can call this the baseball of the 90's and early 2000's. Its simply the doping era and since everyone is doping, world records aside, they are all playing on an equal field."

Well, you're right about equal footing, except aside from Sun I don't think any of the above swimmers have been accused of doping, except maybe by people angry Japan is not in the line up of potential people to look out for. I mean, nobody named Junya Koga doped, right? And Hiromasa Fujimori certainly didn't, right? Both came home and THEN complained that they were innocent, much like the Japanese swimmer camera thief after SK.

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I don't think some of drug substances should not be banned and allowed athletes to use if they have illness and not damage their health. Atheltes who has taken medicine that was prescription by their GP or Physician should not call the the drug cheater. Calling drug cheater to someone is cruel.

I though Sun Yang was serious doping offender without thinking and checking about what kind of offense he committed when I read about him and the news title with drug cheater on all news paper and online news. A few days ago, I google and read about him in Wikipedia. We should not be called him as drug cheater.

Also, our Aussie girl Shayna Jack was tested positive for Ligandrol, or LGD-4033. The Ligandrol, or LGD-4033 was treatment for Osteoporosis and not marketing yet. It was still under developing by Ligand Pharma.

Ligandrol belongs to the family of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs). Ligandrol can be bought from black market and very popular amongst bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts and other athletes according to Blue Cloud website.

Trimetazidine medicine can be legally prescription by GP if the patient was needed it. Trimetazidine does not help with muscle mass and strength to user. Trimetazidine has been treated as a drug with a high safety and tolerability profile.

In May 2014, Sun was banned for three months by the Chinese Swimming Association after testing positive for the then-stimulant** "trimetazidine", which had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list four months earlier.[10] Sun stated that he was prescribed the trimetazidine by a doctor to treat heart palpitations he has suffered since 2008, and was unaware that it had been newly added to the banned substances list.[10][11] CHINADA (China Anti-Doping Agency) deputy director Zhao Jia subsequently commented that "Sun proved with sufficient evidence that he did not intend to cheat, which helped reduce his ban to three months". WADA, which had a right of appeal if it perceived the Chinese Swimming Association's sanction to be light, also elected not to proceed further after reviewing the case file.[12][13]**

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I don't think some of drug substances should not be banned and allowed athletes to use if they have illness and not damage their health. Atheltes who has taken medicine that was prescription by their GP or Physician should not call the the drug cheater. Calling drug cheater to someone is cruel.

If they get a performance boost from said drugs they cannot be allowed to perform. It’s unfortunate for that person, but letting them compete with PEDs in their system is an unfair advantage against all other athletes.

If the athlete can prove the source of their failed blood tests, and show they truly did not know about it, then fairness is that they do not receive a suspension. But they still cannot be allowed to compete while the drugs are still active in their system.

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