“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
4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a
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