Perspective: Tarnished trophies

WHEN cyclist Lance Armstrong confirmed he used performance-enhancing drugs, the world was in disbelief.

How could someone with such a clean and outstanding reputation in both sport and the international community be found to be doing something so wrong.

What was worse was that it has opened up our minds to scrutinise every sportsperson out there. They now appear to be tarred with the same brush of scepticism.

Is it fair? No.

But I think we can all agree that if someone like Armstrong can fool the professionals for so long, who else can do that.

To learn from the report  by the Australian Crime Commission after its 12-month investigation into professional sport in Australia of links between professional athletes, organised crime, illegal drugs and match fixing is no real surprise to me.

I’m not naive enough to think that we here are exempt  from having our athletes do the wrong thing. I don’t think any country is.

As for corruption: unfortunately this problem in Australian sport in recent years is nothing new. The only thing we can do now in relation to drugs in sport is consistent education and random drug testing.

And I really hope we don’t hear in the future of our beloved sports heroes being found to be drug cheats all this time.

Maybe that’s how Armstrong can make some money now;  giving talks on what not to do.

What do you think? 

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