I believed, like many others, that taking performance-enhancing drugs was a problem for a minority of people in a minority of sports. It is increasingly clear that I have been in a state of denial for many years
Like some hideous conspiracy project, the extent of the problem is revealing itself more and more.
“What do you think about [****] ?” Someone asked me yesterday. He was referring to one of the high-profile cases in a sport he knew I was interested in.
“Unfortunate” I said uneasily. “A career ruined”
“… and [****]?” He mentioned another sporting superstar whose name is a global brand.
“There have been accusations for some years” I admitted. “But some people are looking at exceptional performances as proof of drug-taking. ”
Within hours, another story broke