“The decision sets a strong precedent and sends out a clear message that state-sponsored doping and the subversion of anti-doping will not be tolerated.” Does it, John? To be honest in sport, you can’t have friends in sport. As an example, the United States aren’t the yang to Russia’s yin, they just do it differently while being far more valuable to those in key positions.It’s why no heads were turned when Wade Exum, the former doping director of their Olympic committee, said that between 19 a total of 19 of their medalists were allowed compete at Games having failed drug tests.It means we inadvertently buy and consume so much of the bullshit to the point we’ve tip-toed away from acceptable naivety and brazenly exude an out-and-out stupidity.Sport, make no mistake, is another major form of indoctrination.It turns out another two biathletes had also tested positive for exactly the same substance on exactly the same day.
It’s why Usada didn’t bother going after boxers like Floyd Mayweather for breaching their own clear rules.It is instead no more than a marketing tool, a PR agency used to put lipstick on the pig of modern sport.It’s human nature to get ahead at all levels from a kid inching forward before the gun at the school sports day to breaking the speed limit on a motorway, and when it comes to elite athletes they are an extreme Alpha breed that need to win.Remember the cheesy montages from Rocky IV for instance where Balboa overturned horse carriages and chopped wood as prep for his bout with Ivan Drago, the Soviet seen with needles hanging from his ripped arms in a state-of-the-art lab.It was the most cynical adaptation of west against east, good against bad, clean against cheat. And while you might be able to see through the film many years on, ask yourself, what exactly is different now and what exactly has changed in the selfish and baffling outlook we use to escape the truth?