October 4, 2019

Alberto Salazar: Doper and Drug Cheater Banned From Track and Field for 4 Years. Should be Banned for Life!

Alberto Salazar

Former Track and Field Great

Now a Doper and Drug Cheater

(Note:  Post updated to clarify Salazar was banned following a 6-year investigation and an arbitration hearing.  mrf 10/5/2019.)

Very little press has been given to the recent revelation of former track and field great Albert Salazar's ban from all Track and Field activities for 4 years.  Sponsored by Nike and a long time coach of world class track and marathon running athletes, Salazar was unceremoniously banned after a 6-year (6 years!!)  investigation into his activities, followed by an arbitration hearing.  The arbitration panel found that Salazar had:  had (1) trafficked in banned substances, (2) administered banned substances to his athletes, and (3) tampered with his athletes' drug testing samples.

Salazar has stated he will appeal the ruling.

These activities have likely gone on for decades.  In fact, emails from some 10 years ago show that Nike was aware Salazar was investigating procedures for masking banned substances in (urine and blood) drug testing samples.

And why the Doper and Drug Cheat Alberto Salazar was not banned for life is beyond me.  And Nike should be banned from sponsoring athletes, too.

Alberto Salazar
Something Tells Me He's Not Smiling Like This Today!

Which brings me back to my post from August 2016, in which I questioned if the Olympic Games were even relevant anymore.  Alberto Salazar's actions only bolster my point on this matter.  And yet again, Salazar reminds us that the ingrained cesspool culture of doping in professional athletics continues.

And that's downright pathetic.

~~ Originally posted August 23 2016 ~~

The Olympics

Are they even relevant anymore?

I didn't watch any of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.  The TV production and event announcers are put-to-sleep boring.  Plus, who knows who is doping, and who is not?  Sometimes doping cheats are not found out for years, resulting in ongoing changes to past Olympic results.

Heck, according to an analysis by the New York Times, at least 120 athletes at the Rio Games were previously suspended for doping.  And of the 974 Olympic medals awarded, 35 went to athletes who previously served doping suspensions.  That's beyond sad.

And don't get me started on the women's 800 meter race. How can it possibly be fair to other competitors when a person who is a hyperandrogenic female is allowed to run as a female in the woman's 800 meter event?  I'm talking about Caster Semenya, of course, who crushed the field to win gold.  According to the The Daily Telegraph of Australia, Semenya has internal testes and three times the testosterone level of a typical woman.  However, the Daily Telegraph's claim has never been verified.  A claim that Semenya has no uterus or ovaries also has not been verified.

Caster Semenya has dominated women's middle-distance running since a ruling which previously forced her to take drugs to cut her testosterone was overturned.  Here Semenya is winning a semi-final heat at the Rio Olympics, and another photo from a 2009 race in Berlin.  Don't they speaks volumes?

Photo Credit:  Unknown
Plus, that the International Association of Athletics Federations allows Caster Semenya to compete in women's track events via an unpublished gender-verification process adds more controversy and questions to this highly-debated matter.

Are the Olympic Games Even Relevant Anymore?

The days of Jim McKay, a field of amateur athletes, and figure skating compulsory figures are gone from the Olympics.  Heck, the US Men's Basketball Team is stacked with NBA pros.  The US beat Serbia 96 to 66 to win the Olympic gold medal.  That level of dominance is not an Olympic event to be glorified, it's a superhuman joke.

Video:  Figure Skating Compulsory Figures Through the Years
Video Credit:  floskate 

I'm beginning to  think the Olympic Games are no longer relevant.  At least in their current state.  Perhaps creating permanent Summer and Winter Olympic Venues with rotating host countries would at least add consistency and financial stability to the games.

Yes, perhaps I'm a sap for yearning for Olympic events such the gutsy yet charming Olga Korbut, the challenge of the figure skating compulsory figures, and all-smiles Dorothy Hamill telling Jim McKay that she had a hot fudge sundae for dessert after winning her Olympic gold medal in the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.

But I can still wish.

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1 comment:

  1. Note: This post about Alberto Salazar has been updated to note that the 4-year ban resulted from a 6-year (!!) investigation into Salazar's actions, and a subsequent arbitration hearing. mrf


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