Using performance drugs such as anabole steroide in Olympics traces down to the early games of third Olympiad when Thomas Hicks had won marathon after getting a strychnine injection in middle of race. The very first recorded official banning of these substances by sporting organizations was issued by International Amateur Athletic Federation back in 1928.
A Long Practice Indeed
The use of illegal substance to cheat in sports isn’t something new. But those who use such become more effective in hiding it as years go by. In fact, East German swimming team back in 1976 won 11 Olympic events out of 13 and was sued later on by the government for issuing them anabolic steroids. Despite the health risks associated to it as well as the regulating bodies trying to eliminate its presence from sport, using performance drugs are quite popular. Only few bats an eye when some famous athletes have failed a drug test prior the actual event.
Days are gone of amateur sport competition. Elite athletes of today are capable of earning millions of dollar in prize money alone – not to mention their annual contract fee as well as endorsements and sponsorships.
While they are destined for success and greatness, let us not discount the fact that there are penalties associated to cheating. Even so, there’s a marginal chance for it. Basically, being banned from sport for six to twelve months is a petty penalty for the years of multimillion dollar success they have accumulated.
All for Glory?
These days, drugs are a lot more effective. Studies that involve anabolic steroid androgen have shown that even in low doses, it can improve muscular strength by up to five to twenty percent. Majority of the athletes are unlikely to undergo a drug testing too. In reality, it is estimated that around ten to fifteen percent of the participating athletes are besting tested in every major competition as per the reports from International Amateur Athletic Federation.
The massive rewards for the victor, low rate of testing and effectiveness of drugs are all combined to create “cheating game” that makes it hard for athletes to resist. This calls for stricter and more rigid testing among athletes to preserve fairness in the game.