Day 43: Are anti-doping regulations fair?

15 02 2010

It sound like pro-cyclist Floyd Landis might be in a heaping pile o’ poo. Again. Despite losing his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, now he’s in more hot water (along with his coach, Arnie Baker) over charges of hacking into the French anti-doping lab’s computer system. Lab officials say a Trojan horse was found on their computer, which could allow an outsider to remotely download files.

Investigators concluded that the program could have originated from an e-mail message sent to the lab from a computer using the same IP address as Arnie Baker, Landis’s coach. It seems a bit unclear whether the lab has any proof that the program did originate from Baker’s computer.

Last month, I read a fascinating article in Outside Magazine about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the stringent policies and rules they apply to elite athletes, often bordering on civil-rights violations. I’m all for clean sports, so I understand the need for an agency to oversee them, but it seems like some common sense and tact could also go a long way when obtaining samples from athletes. Accosting an out-of-season athlete for a urine sample while he’s planning his son’s funeral is crap.

In my opinion, if an athlete has to take performance-enhancing drugs to become a better athlete, then they aren’t good enough to start with. They should be able to excel at their sport without drugs and enhancements. But I also understand that substances considered “illegal” by the anti-doping agencies can be things such as legitimate prescription medications or over-the-counter products, which seems a bit ridiculous.

One thing I don’t understand is why it seems the same amount of scrutiny isn’t given to professional baseball, football, wrestling or other sports. How is it that Olympic athletes, professional cyclists and other elite athletes are subjected to 24/7 regulations, but when a major-league baseball player or NFL athlete is caught doping, it makes the news headlines for a few days, but otherwise they get a slap on the wrist? Where’s the fairness in that?

Today’s weight: 150

Food journal:

— Organic whole wheat english muffin with Nutella = 294 cal.

— Jimmy John’s Turkey sandwich = 401
— BBQ chips (1/2 bag) = 80
— Crystal Light Raspberry Ice = 10

— Peanut butter Builder Bar = 270

— Salad with ranch dressing = 163
— 1 soft pretzel = 483

Thanks for vising. See you tomorrow.




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