Sports and Doping: Where’s the Scandal?

I have gotten into watching the Tour de France the past few years. Now, now… before you roll your eyes and move on to the next article, here my out. It partly helps that the only cable sports channel we have is Versus, which shows the event. It also helps that I am a bike commuter so riding interests me (plus my dad’s a fanatic).

But that’s not what I want to talk about here. I want to talk about the following words:

  • “scandal”
  • “tarnished”
  • “doping”
  • “cheaters”
  • “damaged”
  • “credibility” (my favorite since it is referring to the event and/or the sport as a whole)

Read an article about the Tour de France and these words are in every one.

Let me shift course here. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and am cursed to be a Cleveland sports fan: Indians (baseball), Browns (football) and Cavaliers (basketball), in that order. In those three sports, very few athletes have been suspended or thrown out for doping. Does this mean no one is doping in those sports? Highly unlikely.

So the question is, in which sport should the results be questioned? The one where those who use performance enhancing drugs get caught or the sports where they use them and everyone looks the other way?

At this stage, I have more faith in the Tour de France.