Dwain ChambersPosted: May 1, 2012
Yesterday, it was decided by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that the British Olympic Association’s life ban of the sprinter Dwain Chambers wasn’t fair due to the fact it was an additional punishment added on to WADA’s own rules.
Unsurprisingly this has provoked mass outrage and whining from the tabloids, and prompted some athletes like Paula Radcliffe to come out and slam the ruling.
But here’s the thing. I think they got it right.
Yes, taking steroids to enhance athletic performance is wrong, but a lifetime ban seems unfairly harsh. I mean, essentially, you’re consigning someone to the scrapheap just because of one mistake.
The thing is, athletes and sportsmen are usually so dedicated to their sport that the rest of their life has been slightly ignored, and if you ban these people from something they’ve spent years of their life training for, what do you leave them with?
Nothing, and for me that just seems a horrible thing to do to someone who’s made a mistake.
I hate to sound like a sap, but I really believe that everyone deserves a second chance.
Chambers has served out his ban, and thus, I think, paid for his mistakes. Now, he deserves the chance to try and represent Great Britain in the Olympics.
And let’s face it, if Chambers manages to pull of an unlikely gold medal finish, most will forget all of this hooplah and he’ll be a national hero.
From what I’ve seen Chambers feels sincerely bad about what he did and is eager to redeem himself, and if he can qualify for the games then I think good on him.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO