This is the holiday season. A time of year where, without fail, during a family dinner ou a gathering among friends, a topic of discussion will end up catching your attention. Personally, that topic that puts my patience to the test usually comes to the forefront around the month of July, during the Tour de France. Exceptionally this year, it will come up during the holiday period because Russia recently made the headlines, for reasons you already know. We are of course talking about doping in sports. In hopes it will make for good reading !
Unless you’ve been far, far away these past few weeks, you have probably read about or heard of Russia being disqualified from the Olympic movement for the next four years, having been accused of falsifying findings stemming from drug testing. When you heard about the news, you may have had one of the following reactions :
- ‘This is no surprise. They all take drugs anyway.’
- ‘Why bother, why not let them all take drugs ? May the best (drugged) athlete win !’
When I hear the first affirmation, I never know how to react. Because they don’t all take drugs. And when one says ‘they all take drugs’, who are we talking about exactly ? The Russians ? Athletes from a specific sport ? Or, even worse, about everyone who has taken part in the Olympics, all sports and countries combined ?
But I prefer to assume that people say that sort of thing without thinking. I’ve surely said such gratuitous things about topics that aren’t as close to my heart, without thinking as well. So all things being equal, I know it sounds judgmental but that it wasn’t really meant to be mean, that it doesn’t really reflect one’s thinking.
To think that everyone takes drugs is like thinking that no one pays taxes. It is true that some do not, but if you really think that no one pays them, your head needs to be adjusted. The truth is, there are a whole lot of athletes who think that winning clean, at the price of all the sacrifices one must make as an athlete, brings a level of satisfaction that cannot be bought – be it with money, through corruption or with doping. And just like people who pay their taxes do, we sleep well at night. I recommend it to everyone.
To those who are more enclined to think like what is in the second affirmation : what follows is addressed to you.
Why not let all athletes take drugs ? I’ve even heard someone say the following : ‘I want to see how far the human body can go.’
Well… Where should I begin ?