...not only is there no Santa Claus, but there's no Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy either, in the world of sport ... I mean the whole history of the Olympic Games is just full of corruption, cover-up, performance-enhancing drug use - it's not what the world thinks it is.Victor Conte,
founder, owner of BALCO
don't want my grandchildren to have to become chemical stockpiles in order
to be good at sports and to have fun at it.Dick Pound,
sports anti-doping leader
are useful, I need vitamins to play 70 games per year.Zinedine Zidane, testifying in
a Turin court in a drug trial involving his former club Juventus
INDEPTH: DRUGS AND SPORTThe
inside dopeCBC Sports Online | Last updated
Dec. 3, 2004
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Today's athletes continue to
push the boundaries of excellence in performance and physical fitness.
Helping them are refined training methods and technologies. Never
have athletes had more training aids at their disposal.
And never had athletes had more opportunities to cheat, mainly through
the proliferation of performance-enhancing drugs.
Twenty years ago, drug testing in sport was in its beginning stages.
Now, it is complex and in constant change. Keeping sport clean has
become a never-ending race between drug testers and those who choose
And as much as the quest for the podium or championship should be
the big news, often negative reports about positive drug tests end
up overshadowing competitors' accomplishments.
So much so that some sports fans have become cynical. They may ask,
how much of what we watch has been achieved by hard work, and what
has been achieved by artificial means?
The role of nutritional supplements and drugs in general are so
ingrained in the culture of elite athletics that it can often be
hard to tell where advanced training ends and cheating begins. Some
athletes looking for an edge – legally – have unwittingly
found themselves with positive drug tests.
Here, we will examine the types of drugs and methods that have clouded
sporting competitions over the years. What do these drugs do and
why do people use them? In the future, we'll look at the emerging
trends in doping and the ongoing battle between drug testers and