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Doping, AGAIN! Tour de France Champion to be stripped of 2010 title

Poll Results: What should the sports community and society do about doping?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Nothing new, just keep things the way they are?
  • 33% (1)
    Increase testing and sports penalties for doping and/or increase legal penalties for doping?
  • 66% (2)
    Allow doping for consenting adults, treating it more like the medical community treats cosmetic surgery and make pro sports a free for all for adults that choose to go after that edge with doctor approval/supervision?
  • 0% (0)
    Phase out competitive sports as a society, thus reducing the incentives for doping?
  • 0% (0)
    Other/something else? Explain below.
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

This really belongs in Cycling, Major Team Sports, everywhere across the categories

 

 

 

Quote:

Cyclist Alberto Contador Banned 2 Years For Doping

February 6, 2012

Sport's highest court has banned Alberto Contador for two years after finding the Spanish cyclist guilty of doping, a decision that will strip the 2010 Tour de France champion of his title.

 

 

 

Is it really just time to abandon competitive sports or just let professional adults completely destroy their bodies for their financial gain and our personal entertainment? What's the difference between this and actors/models undergoing massive amounts of cosmetic surgery? Then there is the whole contact sports and concussions thing. Let's not even mention sports entertainment eh?

 

What should the sports community do?

 

Nothing new, just keep things the way they are?

 

Increase testing and sports penalties for doping and/or increase legal penalties for doping?

 

Allow doping for consenting adults, treating it more like the medical community treats cosmetic surgery and make pro sports a free for all for adults that choose to go after that edge with doctor approval/supervision?

 

Phase out competitive sports as a society, thus reducing the incentives for doping?

 

Other?

post #2 of 6

 

Hold athlete payouts -- over and above a living stipend-- in escrow until the end of their careers ... payout contingent on having a clean career record.

 

 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

 

Hold athlete payouts -- over and above a living stipend-- in escrow until the end of their careers ... payout contingent on having a clean career record.

 

 



Isn't that kind of how they rolled back in the old days when "amateur status" was required for most global competition?

 

Exhibit A, East German Swim Team circa 1976

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post #4 of 6

We do not want to this to anyone else

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Krieger

post #5 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post



Isn't that kind of how they rolled back in the old days when "amateur status" was required for most global competition?



Now imagine getting the NBA, NFL, NHL and FIFA to sign onto something like that. 

 

sorry, imagine /trying/.

post #6 of 6


Aren't we at a happy medium?  We pretend the governing bodies are doing something about doping and the athletes are following the rules, governing bodies do some tests and occasionally catch someone (but don't try too hard), and the athletes cut back a little and accept that they may get popped (but most likely won't).

 

We still get the super-human efforts we love so much; sanctioning institutions get more $$$ through increased adverts, and athletes get rich beyond their dreams.  Everyone wins and goes to sleep with a clean conscience...as long as no one looks to hard at what's behind the curtain.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Is it really just time to abandon competitive sports or just let professional adults completely destroy their bodies for their financial gain and our personal entertainment? What's the difference between this and actors/models undergoing massive amounts of cosmetic surgery? Then there is the whole contact sports and concussions thing. Let's not even mention sports entertainment eh?

 

What should the sports community do?

 

Nothing new, just keep things the way they are?

 

Increase testing and sports penalties for doping and/or increase legal penalties for doping?

 

Allow doping for consenting adults, treating it more like the medical community treats cosmetic surgery and make pro sports a free for all for adults that choose to go after that edge with doctor approval/supervision?

 

Phase out competitive sports as a society, thus reducing the incentives for doping?

 

Other?



 

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