Gatlin faces prospect of life ban
World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin is facing a lifetime ban after confirmation that his B sample tested positive for testosterone.
The American announced on Saturday that he had failed a doping test in April.
Landis gives positive drugs test
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has given a positive drugs test, his Phonak team revealed.
The 30-year-old American, who claimed Tour de France victory on Sunday, has tested positive for unusual levels of the male sex hormone testosterone...
Ok, that was a snide headline in revenge for the endless soccer-bashing. Of course it’s not an American problem – it’s a particular problem in particular sports and is a function of the competitive drive (in which, as in so many areas, America leads the way).
In order to win things, you need the drive to win at all costs, not least the cost to your own body. Heaven knows what horrors these athletes are storing up for their old age.
Cycling, sprinting and weightlifting are three sports which depend on making unusual and unnatural physical demands on individuals. All three have become consumed by depressing, cyclical battles between the drug testers and the drug takers, who seek to find ever clever ways of masking the things that mask the things that mask the drugs.
And it's an open secret that in all three sports the drug takers are, well, everybody.