February 9, 2013
Why are we supposed to be surprised, shocked or disgusted by the use of drugs in sport? Professional sport is a billion dollar business and its prime concern is making profits. It is a profit driven industry that is in bed with the gambling industry.
To win, you must beat the competition. So there is a demand for short cuts and incentives that are needed to stay in the game and to get ahead of the competition. Money is to be made by supplying that demand.
Are we really surprised or shocked that the Australian Crime Commission's report, Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport, raises questions about a nexus between sport, drugs, crime and gambling. Sure Australia's sporting image of the sun-kissed, clean-skin, Garden of Eden has been tarnished.
But that image was one that was manufactured and touched up by the sporting industry itself, whilst acknowledging that there were a few bad apples taking drugs and gambling. You know, the ones with personality problems and character flaws.