Doping CrisisPosted on 2013-05-05 22:00:39
We love to compete. It is part of our human nature. With all competitions there is a winner and a loser. The mentality of winning at all costs is rearing its ugly head as the world comes to reality with doping in sporting competitions. At the 1988 Olympics, Canadian born Ben Johnson ran a mind blowing 9.79secs in the 100 meters race. Bear in mind that this was 1988 and the world record set 21 years later was 9.69 by Usain Bolt. It is thus no surprise that Ben Johnson was found guilty of using steroids to enhance his performance and he was subsequently banned. Ben Johnsons’ story was the main story that opened the world’s eyes about drug cheats. From then on famous athletes have been caught cheating. Olympic champion Marion Jones fell from grace and striped off her Olympic medals after she confessed to using steroids. She was once the fastest woman on earth. Most recently Lance Armstrong, the heroic cancer survivor who won 7 back to back Tour De France cycling races, confessed he had used performance enhancing drugs. All along he had denied ever using performance enhancing drugs. Using his powerful networks he managed to quell all these allegations for very many years. However there was mounting pressure and evidence that he was indeed a drug cheat. He was stripped off his Tour De France medals. In 2013 a report after yearlong inquiry by the Australia Crime Commission was released. The report fundamentally stated that doping is part and parcel of the sports industry. This doping involved an intricate network of players, agents, organized crime, scientists and coaches. This was one of the most damning reports for a country that are former world cup rugby and cricket champions. Closer home the scale of doping is emerging. Suspicions of our athletes’ outstanding performances have always been there. Allegations surfaced before the Beijing Olympics which were denied. However, the negative spotlight on our runners shone after a German Journalist, Hans-Joachim “Hajo” Seppelt alleged in 2012 that there was a widespread culture of doping amongst Kenyan runners. Since the allegations were made the runners found to have doped include:
- Mathew Kisorio, the African Junior 5000m and 10,000 m champion found to have doped in June 2012.
- Ronald Kipchumba.
- Jamina Sumgong, the runner’s up in the 2012 Boston Marathon.
- Rael Kiyara, the 2012 Hamburg Women’s marathon champion.
- Wilson Loyanae.
- Nixon Kiplagat.
- Moses Kurgat.
- Salome Jerono, the 2012 Nairobi Standard Chartered marathon champion.
- Jynocel Onyancha.
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