Doping: Frustrations among clean athletes

This is quite a good topic for discussion at this present time with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics coming up in the next few weeks and the Russians making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

 

As a former elite athlete myself, I think it’s good that they are starting to give out harsher penalties for drug cheats. I read a BBC Sports post this afternoon stating that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has not banned the whole Russian team from the Olympics.

I believe this to be a mistake as they had a chance to fire a warning shot across the bows of any athlete thinking of doping (performance enhancing,  diuretics, etc.). However, they have passed the buck to each sporting governing body to decide whether each individual athlete can compete.

 

I know first hand what clean athletes have to do, jumping through hoops to comply with the rules. Many of these athletes have to give one hr each day and specific location of their whereabouts 365 days a year even when on holiday (out of competition testing).

 

So it’s a bit disheartening to see that the IOC has taken this particular stance.  Echoed today when I wrote this blog by a few athletes that I know posting similar comments on Facebook.

 

If you want to find out if your protein shake or supplements are free from banned substances, I have included a link at the bottom of this blog.

 

*Useful website to check if your product has been batch tested and is free from banned substances:

www.informed-sport.com

 

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