August 21, 2008
Well, maybe, maybe not. For every one caught in testing, how many are missed? We are led to believe that a “catch” is a sign that “the system works”. However if we don’t know who is getting away with it how can we claim success? All we can say for sure is that those who are caught face humiliation and varying degrees of punishment, depending upon the severity, any past infringements and the sport concerned. Fair? Maybe, maybe not?
Ukraine’s Olympic heptathlon silver medallist Liudmyla Blonska has failed a drugs test, the IOC confirmed. The 30-year-old’s A sample tested positive for a banned substance, but the IOC source said they were still awaiting the results of the B sample.Blonska’s is the fifth drugs case of the Beijing Games. Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno tested positive for EPO, North Korean shooting medallist Kim-Jong-Su (betablockers), Vietnamese gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong (diuretic) while Greece’s rarely seen 2004 Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion Fani Halkia, tested positive for steroids at a training camp.