Even though its quite a time ago since Kibwè has written this article it’s still still worth it to repost it on Throwholics again. Espeically with the news coming up abou that new drug testing method.
Enjoy and provide us with some of your thoughts with comments.
Through social media, I’ve seen several responses to the revelation of the failed drug test from a prominent and obviously fan friendly sprinter. People seem genuinely saddened and hope that it’s not true, etc… Makes me think about how I used to view drug cheats, versus how I view them now– in my advanced age. (Jokes)
Eighteen year old me used to hate drug cheats. Hate them. Especially when it was my heroes. Thought they were worthless human beings with no moral backbone to stand on and deserved tougher bans. (Unlike Major League Steroid Factory, ahem, I mean Baseball.) In my naivety, I thought they were horrible people. I also thought it was a very clean sport. As I’ve gotten older, my hatred has waned, and my understanding of what actually goes on in the sport has expanded (However, I do feel the sport is without a doubt cleaner than most want to believe). My hatred hasn’t waned for the act of using itself, but for the person. I come from a family where honest effort is valued. This is where my athletic tenet is centered. All you can do is give your best honest effort, in all walks of life. I also think a certain amount of forgiveness is involved in how I feel about it today.
Depending on where you live on this big blue rock of ours, it’s either extremely frowned upon, or just a part of regular training. Keep in mind I’m generalizing a bit here.The culture of drugs in sport is different depending on which part of the world you’re from. And that is as close to fact as you can get. I suppose I’m just offering another angle to look at the situation. Unfortunately, it’s not really as black and white as we’d like.
I am absolutely not defending drug cheats. I just don’t necessarily think it’s always a personal attack on their [overall] character. I don’t like cheats, especially when it affects my results, or my bank account. I’ve also said that cheats are already at a mental disadvantage when it comes to competition, but that’s another topic entirely…
So I guess my point is, thirty-one year old me doesn’t hate them. Some of these people are still good human beings at heart, and I won’t necessarily condemn them to the 9 circles of hell. But if their culture is one of “if you’re not using, you’re not trying”, then what can you say to that?
Source: Kibwè Johnson