July 10, 2012
Olympians: if you are doping, withdraw from the Olympics!
World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey says athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs should stay away from the London Games. “I say this in the clearest way possible: if you are a doping athlete and you are planning to compete in London then you must withdraw from your Olympic team,” Fahey in a statement distributed to the media on Tuesday, less than three weeks before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. “Doping is cheating, plain and simple. And if you compete in London as a doped athlete then not only will you be cheating your fellow athletes, you will be cheating sports fans across the world, doing a disservice to your national flag and flouting the ideals of the Olympic Movement,” Fahey added. “A doping athlete cannot achieve success, it is a complete contradiction. Even if a doping athlete were to win a medal he or she would never be able to look at themselves in the mirror and say ‘well done, I deserved this.'” Fahey said the London Games will be “the most tested games in Olympic history” and drug cheats should know that they will face severe scrutiny. “There has been a coherent effort to make London 2012 as ‘clean’ as possible and doping athletes should know that their chances of avoiding detection are the smallest they have ever been,” he said. Fahey said the ultimate responsibility in keeping the Olympics drug-free lies with athletes. “Athletes are responsible for what they put into their bodies and athletes are responsible for whether or not they choose to dope,” Fahey said. “It is up to the athletes and I urge them to collectively take more responsibility for the sake of clean competition.”