Finally, A Race Where There Is A Formal Drug Testing!

5 11 2009

“Drugs are very much a part of professional sports today, but when you think about it, golf  is the only sport where the players aren’t penalized for being on grass.”  ~Bob Hope

A couple of months ago, I wrote something about ‘an obligatory drug testing for all runners specially those winners.’ That was my appeal for Organizers to really check if those runners were authentically  ‘drug free and not taking any  banned substances. While I received galore of positive feedback, nothing happened not until this Sunday’s Pasig International Marathon.

When I received my bib and singlet for the 42k today, the Rules and Regulation (Rules of the Road) stated….

DRUG TESTING: –Athletes who participate in this competition particularly those entitled  to awards, maybe subjected to formal drug testing in accordance to PATAFA rules and IAAF Rule 144. Athletes found positive for banned substances, or who refuse to be tested  will be disqualified for this event and will lose eligibility for future competitions. Some prescription and over the counter medications contained banned substances.

This  action from the versatile Race Director, Mr. Rudy Biscocho will be the starting point  for the future races here in our country and how  I wished  for the ‘continuity’ of this great undertaking.

While I don’t believe that our elite runners can take ‘banned substances or illegal drugs’, however when a big amount of money is involved, all things are possible for them just to win.

So, that  formal drug testing for winners is a great news for all of us. Not because we’re doubting their (elite runners) capacity and ability, but to eliminate  bad suspicions being thrown at us by those non-running people around, for they say that most runners are on drugs whenever there are races.

However, I have a concern for this…

“Some prescription and over the counter medications contained banned substances.

What are those banned substances that can be found  in some prescription and over the counter medications?

I think they need to elaborate or enumerate those banned substances.

My supplements are Glucosamine Sulfate for the joints and bones and Revicon Forte as my multi-vitamins.

Did they contain banned substances?

I hope they do not.

But at least a  glimpse of a brighter future for the running community is now here, with the integration of drug-testing in all of the races for Mr. Rudy B.

Runners who are not guilty can rejoice.

But for those erring ones who are  drug-dependent, beware! For your time is running out.

I’m hoping that other Organizers will follow Mr. Rudy B’s footstep.

God be Praised!

Did you know…

… that today is Will Rogers Day? This public holiday
celebrates the birthday of America’s great humorist, Will
Rogers. Rogers was born on November 4, 1879, at Oologah,
Oklahoma. He traveled around the world three times, made 71
movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”), wrote more than
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world-famous figure. Happy birthday, Will!

Don’t do drugs because if you do drugs you’ll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison.  ~John Hardwick




6 responses

6 11 2009

ronnie, i can assure you that my elites are not using any banned substances or drugs. i admit that they are using multi-mineral & vitamin tablets & diatabs/immodium.

6 11 2009

Sir Jovie, I forgot to include too that I’m using Immodium hehehe

6 11 2009

bro if you’re interested to know the list of banned and illegal substances, WADA (world anti-doping agency) have it in their website. usually drug tests are performed under WADA guidelines. i just forgot the exact address. just google search it bro. as to the things that you mentioned you are taking, i dont think any of them are listed in the banned or illegal substances. even the immodium…haha. this is actually another step in making our races “international standard” or “world class”. most international races, especially asian games, sea games, world championships, and of course the olympics have random and mandatory drug tests for medalists.

6 11 2009

Rico, that’s very informative and I’ll look to it. See you hopefully in PIM and nice to be with you last with Jonel at Gold’s Gym.

7 11 2009

no problem bro. same here, nice to see you the other day at gold’s. one of these days workout ka kapag napadaan ka ulit sa makati area. hope to see you tom sa PIM.

7 11 2009

Aquellos que usan drogas ilegales deben ser prohibidas y sancionadas por lo mismo, de lo contrario seguirán haciendo trampas.

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