In the light of recent happenings with drugs in sport in Australia and, for the most part, around the world, things just don’t seem to make any sense.
I was always under the impression that as athletes, WE are the ones responsible for everything that is in our system regardless of whether or not we are poorly advised or contaminated.
I have recently been instructed to complete ASADA’s eLearning protocol which outlines these strong points time and time again yet it just doesn’t seem to stand up at the 11th hour when responsibility and accountability need to be addressed!
When there seems to be several figure salaries and massive profit margins in sport, the business of “who is guilty” seems to be blind-sided and blame is removed and redirected from the athletes themselves. Where are the bans??
Then we have this point addressing coaching and all staff surrounding each sport yet we still have ignorance! “I wasn’t aware” is not reasonable! Every coach has to do the ASADA eLearning protocol ESPECIALLY if they are being paid a full time wage. The “head in the sand” approach is an insult on our intelligence.
Where are the bans?
It is a disgrace that athletes who may forget to file whereabouts are sanctioned, and you can actually have a PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE in your body that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR and nothing happens! No sanctions!
Makes it very difficult to respect the Anti Doping authorities if they aren’t protecting sport and its fairness. I surely cannot refuse a drug test based on the belief that the Anti Doping agencies may or may not be competent! Who’s to say my sample may or may not be contaminated in that case?
Speak up! Help keep our sport safe and clean and free from hypocrisy. There are more and more athletes getting reduced bans and “special” considerations being considered and the war on doping is being laughed at. Then there is that knife through the heart when multi billion dollar companies SUPPORT known cheats!
For more information about the policies of drugs in sport, you can even take the eLearning course yourself here.