I just want to point out, again, the folly of trying to legislate risk. This morning, there are two NY Daily News articles, one which is full of all of the unintended irony you can find in five paragraphs, and the second, which is just full of shit.
The first article explains that a Daily News poll of some 800 baseball fans has the fans saying they want tougher steroid rules, and that they don’t like Barry Bonds. For those of you who don’t know what irony is, well, suffice to say; those views are, (coincidentally, I’m sure) consistent with the position the paper has taken for most of the past two years.
The second is a continuation of the same position, taken to its absurd conclusion. If you’re gonna try and stop athletes from doing everything they possibly can to win, you might as well stop competition.
The Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency, which dictates doping policy for all 35 Olympic sports federations, has accused FIFA of noncompliance with its doping code because of FIFA’s unwillingness to adopt WADA’s recommended two-year ban for first-time drug offenses.
You can have a lifetime ban for first-time offenders if you want, it won’t stop competitors from taking anything they feel comfortable taking to improve their performance. It just won’t.
Science will work to beat the tests, so will teams, coaches, GMs, countries, and athletes. The world of sports has become one of the top ways to earn a living for tens of thousands of athletes world-wide, and the lure of a championship, with the riches that follow, have forced the athletes (and by extension, the teams or countries they represent) towards ever-increasing extremes of training, equipment and technology. PED’s are a natural extension of high altitude training, ridining bicycles in wind tunnels, and whatever list of training methods you can come up with.
Is it fair that some athletes have access to these technologies while others don’t? Of course not.
Does that matter? Of course not.