Sports drugs and performance enhancements aren't the way to go at the Olympics. With cheating scandals plaguing other sporting events, it appears the 2014 Sochi Olympics have stepped up methods to make the possibility of winning with enhancements impossible. According to the Huffington Post on Tuesday, the idea of stepping up the testing has become essential and now blood and urine will be kept for eight years after the Olympics, just in case there needs to be more testing.
It would be just stupid to cheat at the Olympics as this point. Not only does the Olympic committee have bodily fluids, it appears they are keeping an eye on athletes in other ways. The Olympics have admitting to using intelligence to target athletes and those events considered most at risk are being heavily screened. Social media, law-enforcement agencies, whistle-blowers and previous suspicious blood level results are all part of the process. No longer willing to chance an embarrassment, the Olympics are making it a priority to be clean for competition.
Testing of the athletes begin on January 30th. At that point the data that the Sochi officials have athletes who have suspicious activities submit for testing before the games begin.
Gone are the days that men and women desired to be the best based on their own DNA and that’s a crying shame. Olympic sportsmanship was all about the pride of doing your best with your strength. Of course if anyone is feeling an urge to thank someone for such a rigorous testing routine, do know that Lance Armstrong lives somewhere in Texas. His story of alleged cheating has made drug testing mandatory as nobody trusts anyone in sports anymore.