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An interesting documentary film, Icarus, exposed the depth and magnitude of doping in professional sports. Numerous instances of government-sponsored programs have existed and this film showcases just one of them. There's always a way to cheat and no shortage of people to do it. Even when tests prove it, like for an entire national team (no surprise it happened in the land of fakes and counterfeits, i.e. China), the results get covered up with lawsuits and bullshit lies thrown around to keep it quiet.

Too much money and prestige for the winners and not enough shame or consequences for the cheaters ensure this will continue indefinitely. The scientist who invented performance enhancing drug testing protocols said flat out, "They're all doping."

There should be a doping sports league. How far can someone push themselves? What could be accomplished without any limits? People want to compete, excel, and perform. We may not have Roman gladiators but this should placate our need to witness people meeting their grisly end as their bodies explode. Guilt-free, too, because it's all voluntary.

The "fair" league would forever ban anyone with a positive test or who has competed in a doping category at any point in their life. No fuss or heartache, just a simple yes/no. Remind me: How does a suspended doper athlete return to the same level of performance without doping again? I can marvel at the doped athlete as much as the natural one.

There's always a way to cheat and no shortage of people to do it.
Every industry and craft can "dope" in their own way. Ask Volkswagen how that went. For jewelry, it would be illegally claiming an item is handmade or corrosion-resistant, both of which are legal terms. Or selling fake or counterfeit precious metals, dangerous products, etc. It's quite common.

Buyers can't always rely on sellers to be honest so they must uncover the doping themselves. It would seem best to avoid such situations but people are not easily swayed from a good deal or the perception thereof. But at least know what you're buying, that's all.

Posted by M: February 28, 2022

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