Well, the French Open is over, and Wimbledon is around the corner. So, I'm going to try and take it easy for the next few days. However, here's something to think about from the past. It's a recent interview with Ben Johnson, the Canadian sprinter who was busted for steroids at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. At the time, Johnson was hammered by the press and branded a cheater. However, the fact is that as time has passed the 1988 race is now considered one of the most "corrupt" races ever with 5 of the 8 runners having either tested positive, or admitted usage during some point in their career. Here's the Seoul Olympics 100 meter finalists:
1. Ben Johnson: tested positive for stanozolol at 1998 Olympics, stripped of gold.
2. Carl Lewis: tested positive for stimulants at 1988 US Olympic trials, but exonerated by USOC.
3. Linford Christie: tested positive for stimulant at the 1988 Olympics (200m heat), but cleared by IOC. Also, tested positive for nandrolone in 1999 and banned.
4. Calvin Smith
5. Dennis Mitchell: Banned for excessive testostorone in 1998.
6. Robson DaSilva
7. Desai Williams: Admitted using steroids.
8. Ray Stewart
Look at the 1988 results above and now look at the current tennis anti-doping program with all its weaknesses and shortcomings. Who still thinks it's productive to get into debates about which tennis players are "definitely not doping" versus those that "definitely are doping"?