By Sofia Usman
Olympic Games-the name itself carries a huge weight. It is but natural for athletes, from different countries, to wish to perform well and bring laurels to their country. It is this want that more often than not turns into desperation.
The latest scandal regarding Lance Armstrong being accused, and rightly so, of doping has led to quite a stir in the athletic world.
So, what is it that we are looking at? What does the future hold in store for us? Many more cases of doping using performance-enhancing-drugs (PEDs) or will the number just curb down? This might require a steady analysis behind the reasons for such illegal and demoralizing acts.
Performance-enhancing-drugs, or PEDs, have been in use since a very long time. The Olympic Games happen to be a very favourite target since its inception in ancient Greece. Previous Olympians have been known to have consumed various enhancing products, ranging from lizard meat prepared in a special way to strychnine to testosterone to amphetamine and what not. Controlling such acts has led to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to come to a decision of banning the use of PEDs in Olympic Games. These controls are now what we witness as a systematic-testing regimen that all Olympic athletes must adhere to. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as of 1999, is the authoritative body on the use of PEDs. As the creators of these drugs continue to improve their sophistication, transparency and potency, WADA and its constituency also innovate new ways to detect these drugs.
If you look at the whole picture, you might wonder as to how many cases of doping might have gone undiscovered. This is what a few or more than a few cases of such demoralizing acts leads to-doubt and suspicion. When the audience, let me say, for want of a better word, worship and idolize an athlete, it is always disheartening to find out that the cause for their victory was not always exactly hard work and determination. This not only disappoints the audience but also demotivates other athletes who, in spite of being talented and hardworking, lose out on the game for not wanting to dope and cheat.
Olympics, being one of the biggest sporting events, has a recognition of its own. Now, it is up to the athletes to save themselves and their country’s reputation. Real and just victories give real happiness. What use of a victory which may give momentary happiness but no inner satisfaction as the guilt lives on forever? What is required here is sportsmanship. Accepting both success and failure is what sportsman spirit is all about. All we can do now is hope for a good change.
( Sofia Usman is a Student of ICFAI University, Hyderabad )
Very much true. Nice article. Keep it up! Cheers!
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