Have we sunk to "If you're not cheating, you're not trying"?

I’m sick of humanity’s cheating and lying! Why are so many human beings so willing to cheat to win, to get rich, to get whatever prize or possession they lust after?

Life is a journey, not a destination. What matters is not winning but striving. And you can be genuinely proud of yourself only if you strive fairly and honestly.

Yet, entire fields of human endeavor are apparently 100% tainted by cheating. The latest example: cycling:

Bernhard Kohl, the Austrian rider who was stripped of his third-place finish at the 2008 Tour [de France] for doping, said Monday that he was not surprised a top cyclist had tested positive for more than one banned thing.

“It’s impossible to win the Tour de France without doping,” said Kohl, who was in Leesburg, Va., to speak at the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s science conference. “You can tell by looking at the speed of the race. Every year it has been about 40 kilometers per hour. It’s the same the year I raced, the year Floyd Landis won, this year. It shows riders are still doping.”

Kohl, who said he retired from the sport to avoid having to think about doping every day, has no specific knowledge of Contador’s case but said most of the top riders rely on transfusions of their own blood and of designer, undetectable drugs like different types of the blood-booster EPO.

“I was tested 200 times during my career, and 100 times I had drugs in my body,” he said. “I was caught, but 99 other times, I wasn’t. Riders think they can get away with doping because most of the time they do. Even if there is a new test for blood doping, I’m not even sure it will scare riders into stopping. The problem is just that bad.”

Posted by James on Tuesday, October 05, 2010