dailyreckoning.com.au / By Dan Denning / February 8th, 2013
My goodness. You’d have thought the world was coming to an end with all the media focus on drugs in sports. But the Australian economy has been doped up for years by credit peddlers, criminal bankers and unscrupulous politicians. There hasn’t been a single inquiry to this epic theft, or its effect on society and values. Until today!
If you missed yesterday’s report from the Australian Crime Commission on organised crime and drugs in sport, it makes for scintillating reading. In fact, this is not a politically correct point of view, but after a quick glance, we came away quite optimistic. Science is making some serious advances in improving recovery from injury and promoting human longevity.
Of course many of these advances come with the help of drugs that are illegal. The fairness issue rears its head once again in Australia. Some athletes gain an unfair advantage using banned or illegal substances. Athletic competitions lose their integrity and we lose our faith in the idea that sport is a great test of character as well as ability.
But really the solution to all this simple: all those drugs should be legal and everyone should be able to take them if they want. The testing regimes are always outflanked by the ways to evade them. If we want to see what the human body is really capable of in elite athletic competitions aided by the best drugs, let’s be fair dinkum about it and let people choose if they want to dope.
Otherwise, let’s be realistic about our expectations of athletes. We love to see them suffer and then triumph because it’s great theatre and it confirms that idea that great achievements can only come through hard work and adversity. If only that were true.