We have featured different drug-related stories in the world of sports, the number of which is too many to mention. If there is one thing that we noticed, however, it is the fact that while drugs â€“ steroids, performance-enhancers, illegal substances â€“ seem to be an issue that plagues the world of sports in general, each sport deals with the issue in their own way. In the world of professional boxing, for example, there are even differences in the way drug testing is performed based on the state where the fight will be held.
A piece by Robert Weiner, former spokesman for the White House National Drug Policy Office, and Yusuf Hassan, senior policy analyst at Robert Weiner Associates, on The Charlotte Observer makes a good point regarding the use of drugs in sports. If we were to dream about being able to see sports being played in its raw form, before the dawn of what we can only call â€œchemical interference,â€ it may indeed be beneficial to have all athletes â€“ regardless of the sport â€“ to follow the same methods of drug testing and drug use monitoring.
It was an athlete who reportedly articulated the idea, according to the feature, as the authors related asking eight-time Olympic medalist speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno regarding drug testing in sports at a White House function. When asked if athletes in sports such as baseball and golf ought to undergo tests that are as stringent as the ones done in the Olympics, Ohno replied: â€œas athletes, we should all be held to the same standards. It would make sense to have one unified body testing everyone.â€
Well said, indeed. But will anyone do anything with this suggestion?