The summer Olympics are almost here although a year late. As always, controversy rears its ugly head. Are we looking at an upcoming Festival or Fiasco?????
- The majority of Japanese people want to cancel the games due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
- So far over 100 athletes and officials have already tested positive for the virus since arriving in the host city. There will undoubtable be many more.
- Will the International Olympic Committee in all of their wisdom (sarcasm intended) weather the storm? Or ..............
- Is the city of Tokyo doomed and damned like a drunken beer league hockey goalie who forgot his headgear at home, facing down a Bobby Hull slapshot???
- The fastest man in the world in 2019, 100 meter sprinter Christian Coleman was barred from competition for a year even though he did not fail a drug test.
- Coleman did, however, miss 3 drug tests in one calendar year.
- It must have slipped his mind. After all, he's only human, although superhumanly fast!
The second case involves some good old fashioned pork.
- Shelby Houlihan, American record holder in the women's 1500 meters, failed an out of competition drug test in December 2020.
- She was found to have trace amounts of Nandrolone, or Deca-Durabolin, in her system.
- Houlihan claimed that a beef burrito that she ate from a Mexican food truck the day before actually contained pig offal (ground organs) instead of beef. Supposedly this caused a spike in her natural hormonal levels.
- As implausible as this story sounds, there have been cases of false positives from tainted supplements, but usually not from fast food.
- Nandrolone is more helpful for power events, sprints or bodybuilding rather than middle distance running.
- It is the wrong steroid to take for an athlete subject to doping controls. Nandrolone is traceable in the subject's system for up to 18 months.
- Her excuse was rejected and she received a 4 year ban. That will also exclude her from the 2024 Olympics. Sadly, her running career is likely toast!
- Sha'Carri Richardson rocketed to victory in the U.S. Olympic trials 100 meter sprint with flamboyant, flowing pink hair.
- A few days later it was announced that Richardson failed the post race drug test and would receive a month long ban. She had tested positive for cannabis. Her victory was erased thus disqualifying her from the Olympic 100 meters.
- Richardson claimed that she had ingested cannabis to deal with the grief of learning of the death of he biological Mother.
- Marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon where the trials too place but it is considered doping by many sport governing bodies.
- Cannabis is not a drug that would be performance enhancing except for maybe a cheeseburger eating contest or an air guitar competition. But as they say, rules are rules.
- For a few days there was some rumor that she might still be selected for the 4 by 100 meter relay. There was even a petition of over half a million signatures to "Let Sha'Carri Run'' but it now appears that she is officially off of the team.
The Olympics are expensive.