Round and Round We Go…

The news over the last couple of days seems to have been dominated by Lance Armstrong being charged with doping and losing his titles, as happened famously with Ben Johnson some time back. “Athletes will try almost anything to beat doping tests“: – this article describes how athletes are ahead of the game and anti-doping agencies play a never-ending catch-up game. (The biological passport, which profiles athletes over time is said to be a big step forward, but nevertheless, one wonders if that too can be outsmarted over time.)

There is a parallel here with the various banking crises and corporate scandals we have witnessed in recent years. These players were ahead of the regulators. So, there we go – a scandal or crisis happens, the next thing we know, the industries get burdened with more regulations (even for the many who commited no wrong and would be quite well in control without these regulations); down the road then, yet more creative ways are found by some to outwit the systems and round and round we go…

There is the good, bad and ugly in sports as there is in business. The bad and ugly must not be allowed to over-burden the systems and let’s hope the good prevails over time.

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  • blakeworld  On August 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Dear USADA,

    Congratulations……….All of you people there at the USADA have proved with your witch hunt of Lance Armstrong that you ALL are on the same playing field of some of the most despicable people on Earth……..right up there with the freaks at the Topeka, KS Westboro Church that picket soldiers funerals…..

    You people with your “Holier than Thou” attitude do NOTHING to inspire or lift people up as Lance Armstrong does…….you only exist to tear people down, which not only makes you all the worst kind of people, but makes you complete losers……and losers always hate people better than themselves…..that’s why they are losers and will always be losers……and you people are major LOSERS…….

    Lance Armstrong passed ALL the tests (nearly 500 of them in his career and many that were random) and still you persisted because you could not stand the fact that he was just a better athlete that all the rest……..I would expect that you will soon be going after Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps and most likely will be opening cases against Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, and Michael Jordan so you losers can feel like you have anything to do worth while…………

    There is NOT a Rath or Punishment severe enough to impose on all of you there at the USADA that you ALL deserve more than anyone I can think of for what you have done to Lance Armstrong, His Family, and to the millions of people around the world that his story and achievements have inspired and given strength to overcome against all odds……..You will all get yours in this life or the next……

    Most discusted,

    Blake Norris
    Las Vegas, NV

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