According to a very controversial new proposal, world records throughout the sport of track and field in Europe will no longer count at all unless the records are established by athletes that meet specific requirements outlined within this new anti-doping proposal.
Obviously, the sporting community all over the globe has been completely rocked by the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and almost every major athletic organization on the planet is serious about doing their level best to eradicate from enhancing drugs from their programs while leveling the playing field and creating more fair competition.
At the same time, most that follow athletic endeavors – and especially those that respect the history of the sports that sometimes reach back hundreds and hundreds of years – understand that performance-enhancing drugs or performance-enhancing substances have been used the dawn of time in the dawn of sport.
Athletes have always been looking for ways to get an edge over the competition, and that’s why this new proposal is being met with so many people on the side of the opposition.
World records are no longer about performance, says governing body of European track and field sports.
In a time long, long ago, world records were handed out to those that ran the fastest, jumped the highest, threw the furthest, and performed better than any of their competitors. Today, however, the governing body of European track and field sports no longer wants this to be the single determining factor behind whether or not to an athlete gets a world record or not – and instead wants to put any world record-setting athletes through a rigorous PED testing protocol, unlike anything else the world of sport has ever seen before.
Anti-doping crusaders are waging war against athletes that use performance-enhancing substances across the board. Tests have become more advanced and more stringent than they ever used to be in the past, but now punishments are also getting to be more significant than they ever were before, either.
According to the new proposal that we highlighted above, anyone that tests positive for even a trace amount of PED chemicals in their blood when they set a new world record will not only lose the world record but will also be banned for competition forever from that moment on.
Fans and spectators of sport are leading the opposition
While the proponents behind this major new initiative are screaming from the rooftops that the only reason they are initiating these kinds of changes is to prove the sport, to level the playing field, and to give spectators and fans the “fair shake” that they had expected all along, recent polls show that the overwhelming majority of spectators and fans do not care to particularly much about performance-enhancing drug use and aren’t in full support of proposals like this one.
Instead, fans and spectators of sport are instead starting to learn more about PED’s, the impact that they have on the games that they love, and understand that these kinds of performance-enhancing drugs will always exist and have always existed in one form or another.
There is no such thing as a “clean sport” and hasn’t been since the second event of ANY competition was held, as athletes have always and will always look for ways to game the system, gain the rules, and improve their performance in any and every way that they are able to.
Hopefully the European track and field governors will not decide to strip all world record holders of their titles (even retroactively), and while PED testing should be encouraged in the future and a level playing field should be the goal this kind of overstepped needs to be checked into place.