Normally we anxiously await the Summer Olympics, looking forward to incredible athletic feats and heart-stopping photo finishes. But this year, doping has cast a pall on the luster of Olympic gold.
Doping, apparently, is everywhere. Just last week, the IAAF, citing a state-run cheating scheme, unanimously ruled to ban the Russian Track & Field team from competing in Rio. As we write, the IAAF is also investigating running powerhouse countries like Kenya and Ethiopia.
While we hail the IAAF finally cracking down on what was perhaps the worst-kept secret in world-class running, it’s just the latest blow in a series of doping related news in running. Just a few months ago, we were celebrating Genzebe Dibaba smashing the world indoor mile record, reading articles in Vogue about her, and speculating how many golds she’d take home from Rio. Now, we hear her coach was busted in a doping scandal too. It makes us wonder if anyone is running clean. It’s disheartening. Has doping formed a cloud so dark that it casts doubt on every great running performance?
What do you think? Has doping spoiled your excitement about Rio?