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.
you are right... but. The returns are marginal
. And it is very much a function of declining return.
The athletes in these sports are well below their potential, if they trained like a full time athlete in an Olympic discipline. (running, track/field, swimming, cycling, weightlifting). But to meet their potential in a hand-eye co-ordination sport, they only have to reach a threshold benchmark. Once they meet that benchmark, it really it inconsequential if they drop their 40yard sprint time by 0.1 of a second, or can bench press another 100lbs.
Now, there are certain players, who may benefit. IE. A tennis player, who uses their speed as a weapon. But they are very much a rarity.
I do note that Michael Jordan put on alot of upper body muscle mass, and then became perhaps the greatest post player that has been at 6'6" in the swing/shooting guard position. No one could touch him when he had someone on his back at the elbow from 18 feet.