I cringe every time I see another "drug story" about track & field. Some friends, who know nothing about our beloved sport, ask me why I still care about a bunch of cheaters.It kills me because they are huge NFL, MLB and NBA fans. They say the records are bogus because "everyone cheats". Really?? IF the mainstream media covered drug issues in those leagues the same as T&F, Hank Aaron would still be the HR record holder. But they won't. It's much easier to throw mud at T&F. I am so pissed I could spit!
Is there not the deepest irony that the nation that developed, encouraged and believed in the Corinthian spirit of amateurism in the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century was later laughed at as our of touch and really rather silly; the Brits of course. Now we have the fully fledged "winning is all, winning is everything, winning is the only thing" mentality of modern sport emanating from the American cultural norm, in the first instance, and your main sports are based on the idea of cheating is wholly necessary and our soccer shit is not far behind, as just two examples. as for the media.... a disgusting load of evil.
Turkey’s doping scandal grows as 15 new athletes tested ‘positive’
Fifteen Turkish athletes tested positive for doping substances days after similar accusations were made regarding eight Turkish weightlifters, according to Anadolu Agency.
Five athletes competing in the European Team Championships had previously been accused of doping, and the list became longer today with additional names. Eşref Apak, Kaan Şencan, Elif Yıldırım, İsa Can, Umut Aday, Ummuhani Karaçadırlı, Fatih Eryıldırım and Narin Kahraman became the latest athletes to have tested positive for banned substances.
Turkish Athletics Federation chairman Mehmet Terzi admitted that 24 athletes were suspected with doping this year.
Terzi added that the federation’s battle with doping will continue, claiming that doping figures “will go minimum by September.”
Officials called on all athletes on the list to withdraw if they were currently competing in the Mediterranean Games.
If the athletes face punishment following further procedures, Turkey may lose points as a team, after landing in the ninth spot in the European Teams Championship.
The scandals regarding doping by Turkish athletes have been coming one after the other since Olympic champion Aslı Çakır Alptekin and European champion Nevin Yanıt also faced allegations of doping, though no official confirmation came regarding either of the athletes. The star athletes were also suspended from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federation.
Eight weightlifters were left off the Turkish national squad ahead of the Mediterranean Games, which started June 20 in Mersin, after testing positive for doping.
Flumpy wrote:I don't really see how they can ban Turkey from the WC's if they don't do the same to the host nation.
Doesn't India have the most doping bans? They would have to go first.
The problem with a doping ban on nations (and I'm not against it) s the fact there is a massive inconsistency between doping procedure across nations. It wouldn't be hard at the moment for a to point to how East Africa gets a easy run. Also there would have to be a per capita arguments for some measure of fairness; Russia and the USA have large numbers of suspended athletes, but Jamaica has a higher number on a per capita basis by some way above both.
On top of that, given the recently Daily Mail article there is a large suggestion coaches are doping athletes and it is hard in some case to state the coaches are working for the federation, look how many UK athletes hook up with foreign coaches who have athletes from their own country. Look at the fair number of African sprinters or UK mid-distance runners in America colleges. If they are involved in doping while competing for a foreign body in the collegiate system can the federation take responsibility? Especially if they are yet to represent their country or are passed to represent two countries? Then there are those in two sports e.g. Track and NFL.
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Tuariki wrote:India may have the most but if you looked at it on a pro-rata population basis then Jamaica would have to be banned before India
That's an unfair comparison....you have to look at how many athletes a country fields in athletics, and work out percentages accordingly. Ghana has a much larger population than Jamaica, but much less Ghanaian athletes are tested than Jamaicans.
Yanit gets a two-year ban, starting this month....