The chase for new athletics thresholds and attendant woes

The legendary Lance Armstrong was accused by some of having used banned substances, something that has earned very strong denials from him. Landis is still protesting his innocence against the charges that saw him losing his Tour de France title, monies and the franchise he once had with an outstanding cycling club. Some sponsors have withdrawn their support for cyclists and cycling altogether in the face of the seemingly widespread use of prohibited performance-enhancing substances by cyclists in the recent past.
Not too long ago the weightlifting fraternity ran afoul of the international sporting fraternity when several of its ‘successful’ athletes eventually tested positive for banned substances.
FIFA, which had for many years steered clear of the WADA initiatives, has finally come on board and some athletes have since been under a cloud of suspicion.
Some international cricketers have also fallen from grace after having tested positive for prohibited substances.
In the USA there has been claims of fairly extensive use of banned substances by players in several professional sports. Barry Bonds is still being hounded over claims of drug use associated with the discredited BALCO organisation. Other baseball players have confessed to steroid use while others have pointed very accusing fingers at others in the sport.
Before leaving the sport, Boris Becker alluded to the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Tennis players and more recently suggestions have been made about golfers and prohibited substances.
Ian Thorpe has had to fend off accusations that he used prohibited substances.
We are aware that at the recent Olympics at least one athlete had his medal withdrawn for the use of a drug designed to calm the nerves in the shooting event.
It seems fair to conclude therefore that we are finding drug cheats in a variety of sporting disciplines; a phenomenon that raises major concerns about the future of sport.
The concern that many may have is whether the desire to establish new world marks virtually compels athletes, coaches and agents to seek out new methods and aids, not all of which are legal, that could help them in their quest.