There are two schools of thought when it comes to drugs in sport. The main one is that athletes should be as natural as possible. They should compete to the best of their natural ability and in doing so, the nobility of sport is maintained.
The lesser-followed school of thought is that athletes should just go for it. Show exactly how far a human being can take themselves using whatever chemical assistance they can find. They know the risks, it’s their choice. Get out there and set some records.
Personally, I’m all for the first school of thought – preserve the nobility of sport. There have to be rules to ensure a reasonable playing field. The on-drugs crowd might produce some spectacular performances from time to time, but the cost just won’t be worth it.
Exhibit A for the defence is this 10-minute video on Group B rally. The era 1982-86 is remembered as the golden era of rallying and this video will show you why. The cars and the performances were just amazing.
But….. just like a no-holds barred sporting competition pumped up on drugs, sooner or later you realise you’re watching freaks. And sooner or later someone’s going to die pushing the limits just that little bit too far.
Enjoy amazing. But be thankful for what we’ve got.