In the last few months of Lance Armstrong on Oprah, and Olympic athletes loosing medals eight years after the competition, the word is finally getting out that no one is immune. There is a big difference from rumors, and such.
2012 B of A Chicago Marathon,
photo from Chicago Marathon
Now, it looks to this observer like 95-97 percent of the real cheaters in our sport are being caught. I also believe, as melodramatic as the Lance Armstrong debacle was and is, it is a deterrent to cheating. Simply put, the level of embarrassment and chastisement that Lance Armstrong will receive over the rest of his natural life just is not worth it.
Now, the World Marathon Majors have put the proverbial line in the sand. Not only can you not participate if you have had a drug positive in their events, WMM will take your prize purse, your performance bonuses away, and in some cases, even demand repayment.
If our sport is to be recognized as a professional sport, and we are to attract real money from global companies who should be clamoring to a sport that could end the epidemic of obesity, can promotes running, jumping and throwing, something kids and adults can do anywhere in the world, we must be the leader in promoting a clean sport.
We live in a society that celebrates ignorance, slothfulness and just plain bad manners on the most popular television shows. Albert Einstein would get less TV time that Paris Hilton, and that is a shame.
Runblogrun salutes the World Marathon Majors. By showing athletes and their teams that cheating comes at a huge price, WMM has put together the next level of anti-doping programs. Bravo!