BullsFan22 wrote: The Carrot wrote:
Surely not China as well?
What ever next? Someone will tell me that the UK national lottery funded system that only rewards winning (against the aforementioned 'dodgy' nations) encourages doping!
Sarcasm aside, looks like another athlete has paid a high price for all this.
The Chinese are really reckless with their doping. It's not systematic, it's reckless. The Americans and Russians are a little more sophisticated, they at least don't kill their athletes.
Actually that is not the case at all in the USA
There are plenty of high school coaches and college coaches that will have conversations with athletes and parents that go along the lines of
"you've got talent but you are not , big enough, strong enough or fast enough, but if you were to get a "nutritionist" or a "trainer" you might be able to make it."
The kids - or their parents who are sometimes the drivers of these poor decisions, then go out and do whatever they need to, to make the team. as it will get them into the better colleges or the better teams to be noticed,
If they don't make it however the american sport system does not give a damn and will jettison these poor kids to the sidelines without a thought.
There are kids dying all over the USA due to messing about with drugs and trying to do the impossible to get into the right school team to get to the best colleges on a scholarship to try and escape from the lives they live.
Due to the fact that there are so few colleges with good teams and so few colleges make up the national squads or top picks for the pro ranks, it is very very cut-throat and those who don't make it will not only be left with potentially large bills and poor health but also no way out of the poverty trap or mess they left themselves in - add in a ridiculous health system that is very expensive and you will see that the issues these experiments cause in later life will cause them a lifetime of paying for a failure to make their fortunes.
Sport in the USA is a business from the minute the kids get to high school
Lets not forget there are high school football coaches earning six figues and most college football coaches earn seven figures.
Basketball is not far behind
Track and field is a poor relation
swimming is even further down the pecking order
so to make it in swimming you have a very small number of schools to try to get into to be noticed and make it to the top ranks.
As with most things these days - it will be our children that will pay for our mistakes with their lives and money for generations to come.