Hugh Januss wrote:I would have to bet that there is just as much doping in soccer (sorry I'm American) and Tennis and at least several other "skill sports" as there is in cycling.
I see three reasons.
1. There is more money in some of these other sports. More money means more competition, hence more reason to cheat and more available funds as well.
2. Less testing, so why not?
3. Most important. Sports like these are not just skill sports they are speed/skill sports. You could have the best tennis strokes in the world but if you are always late getting to your opponent's ball it will do you no good. Same with soccer, if you don't beat your opponent to the ball it doesn't matter how good your skills are. Also these games go on for 2-4 hours and if you don't have the stamina and fitness you will not compete.
luckyboy wrote:Just wanted to hear some people's opinions on this. I mean, we have all heard of two big Spanish teams being linked to OP, and team/s in Italy with their masses of legal drugs. But how widespread do people think it is in football/soccer? Try as I might, I can't imagine Fulham or Wigan players injecting themselves with whatever before a match.
And you could argue the higher pay they receive makes it a bigger risk to take - they don't want to give that up for an uncertain benefit.
keen_but_slow wrote:Prolonged exposure to lactate impairs your hand-eye coordination, and premiership players cover 10km per game, much of that is running quite hard. They've every reason to dope.
Arsene Wenger once commented that they (Arsenal) were seeing some strange blood values in the pre-signing medicals when they got players from Spain but that they normalised once at the club. You can probably find the exact quotation online.
poupou wrote:Football use blood manipulation. EPO was used in first by Italian clubs (thanks Ferrari, Cechini,...) when they began to beat all team in the last 20mn, their players were much more fresher than their opponents.
blackcat wrote:Now, there are certain players, who may benefit. IE. A tennis player, who uses their speed as a weapon.
"His sinuous style of play is a product of his low centre of gravity, something that may have been affected by the growth-hormone deficiency from which he suffered as a child. He was diagnosed at 11 and he needed extensive and expensive treatment to get him through his adolescent development – and £500 a month was too much for a family from a modest background in Rosario.
Without the treatment we would never have heard of Messi. Newell's Old Boys helped out but when they decided they could not afford it, Barcelona stepped in. He was 13 then and within three years he was in the first team."
(PS: I'm not calling Messi a cheat, just found it interesting.)
keen_but_slow wrote:Rugby, on the other hand, is rife with anabolic steroids. The players are getting so strong that there is an annual symposium to study the changing injury patterns because they way it's going, people will start getting killed.
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