Yes, ban. Not band.
It came as no surprise that Rita Jeptoo was banned from professional running. It wasn’t even that surprising that Athletics Kenya banned her from competing for only three years. I mean really. Why would they ban one of their biggest cash cows for life?
Nothing is more disheartening than when you find out one of your biggest athletic heroes is a cheat. Call it egg on your face or crap on your shoes. You feel like an idiot. Trust me, been there, felt that.
What drives these idiots – yes, I did say IDIOTS – to cheat? Money? Fame? Ego? Combination of all three? Who knows, or maybe more importantly, who cares? I could go on an epic rant about how much these so-called “athletes” have disappointed, and just plain angered me, but what would be the point? To give them even a few more moments of my time? Nah, don’t think so. What’s most upsetting about this behavior is this – people looked up to them, admired them, RESPECTED them. And they took that respect and admiration and tossed it in the trash, giving it no more thought than a piece of garbage.
So let the Kenyans slap Jeptoo on the wrist. Let Armstrong compete in something other than cycling. WHATEVER. I know who the real athletes are. The ones who get up at oh-dark-thirty to get their training in before dealing with the little ones. Or the ones who pass up a weekend getaway to get their 20-miler in before their first marathon. And the ones who stop within sight of the finish line, just to go back and help an injured competitor. Those are sports true athletes.
So to everyone out there who tries their best – even if it means best gets you across that finish line last – YOU are the real heroes. No matter what the clock says, the scale tells you, or the size tag on your pants reads, be proud of yourself. You get out there and do what you need to do every day, using only what Mother Nature gave you. And if that’s good enough for you, that’s more than enough for me. Be proud of yourself and what you are capable of achieving. Because in comparison to these “professional athletes”, you truly ARE a champion.
Enjoy the ride.
What do you think about all this doping nonsense? Does it lower your opinion about professional athletes? What do you think drives these people to cheat?