Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:30 PM
I find some of the supposed outrage especially from cycling journalists just rank hypocrisy. I was made aware that drug use was endemic in cycling more than ten years and although I've always liked watching the Tour de France, that's it as far as my interest in cycling goes. If I knew, then I don't find it credible that it wasn't known to everyone involved in cycling.
Unfortunately, I think RL is one of those sports which drug use is likely to be an issue given the strength and fitness levels necessary to perform at the highest level. I have absolutely no knowledge of anything, but life being life then I would be amazed if drug use wasn't something used by a significant number of players.
It does however raise certain moral/ethical issues though. i personally haven't got any problem with an athlete being caught out using recreational drugs. Wasn't some snowboarder caught out having used marijuana? I would have thought that would be almost obligatory in that sport.
Similarly, the opprobrium heaped upon Lance Armstrong is unfair. He clearly wasn't the first or last cyclist to take drugs. It seems they were virtually all doing it, he was just the best one at it.
I suspect that there is a fine line between what is acceptable and what is not. I'm not really sure why drugs which aren't really particularly dangerous to human health should be banned because they enable athletes to improve performance.
"At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right."