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Confessions Of A Doping Athlete…

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CheatingFinally, Lance Armstrong came clean…

This was the talking point amongst all the sports-fans I know since yesterday after the news broke out that Armstrong accepted he used performance-enhancing drugs, or doped, as they say in the parlance of sports.

Many I spoke with praised this act of confession; one even termed it brave. Somehow, I couldn’t help remembering all those unnamed athletes who came second, third and even lower in order, only because the erstwhile champion(?) consumed the prohibited drugs, in what is now being called ‘the most sophisticated, organized and professional doping scheme’ in the history of sports.

While this is indeed a sad day for sports, I am sure this turn of events must have also provided some solace to those athletes who, despite all their genuine efforts, were made to appear secondary to Armstrong in the numerous championships he ended up winning…

Nicole Cooke, the 2008 Olympic and world road-race champion British cyclist, was scathing in her criticism. One of the things she said echoed with my sentiments;

“When Lance cries on Oprah later this week… spare a thought for all those genuine people who walked away with no reward – just shattered dreams…”

At this moment, I am reminded of a piece I had read during my college years. Don’t really remember who said it, but it is so apt for all those athletes who were at the receiving end of, should I say, Lance’s act of cheating:

…and to get there is an incredible journey.

The athlete delays marriage, 

he hocks his car,

he lives in dormitories,

soaked in sweat,

his legs ache as if amputated

but there is still 30 kilometers to run;

every single day the demons of pain & fatigue come visiting,

telling him to forget it.

And sometimes,

even God forgets to look his way.”

Well, I’m happy God finally chose to look the way of all those truly deserving, clean athletes…they ultimately won their race today.


Photo-credit: sportige.com

Written by RRGwrites

January 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM

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  1. Well at a point in life, I had looked up to Lance Armstrong as a true sportsman with unrelenting spirit. Sad to know that the ‘spirit’ was merely based on some performance enhancing drugs & not on strong will; as is obvious of someone who is into sports.

    Gaurav Bhatia

    January 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

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