At issue here is why has it taken so long for the powers that be to seriously go after the coach in a situation where several athletes under his care have tested positive.
Perhaps of greater concern is the fact that Graham admitted that he was the one to have turned in the syringe to the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA). It was that act that led to the discovery of THG use by the athletes who frequented the BALCO Laboratory of Victor Conte in California. No one ever understood how Graham got hold of the syringe or whether or not he had ever known of and used its contents.
Graham was never charged or disciplined.
The Johnson legacy
Ben Johnson, the disgraced Olympic 100m sprinter has claimed that The spectators dont care, the sponsors dont care, all they want to see is the worlds fastest man. Thats the way life is and people have to come to terms with that, live with it and just enjoy track and field.
The Johnson statement seems crude but consistent.
During the Dubin Inquiry in Canada in 1988 that investigated the Johnson case and the state of performance enhancing drugs in sport in that country apparently heard suggestions from Johnsons physician at the time that it may well be that physicians be available to athletes in their use of drugs in order to ensure that they do not injure themselves. In a sense Astaphan seems to have been suggesting that athletes were going to use performance enhancing drugs anyway and therefore we had better get ready to facilitate them by having physicians oversee their applications in this regard.
Kelli White, who tested positive in 2003 and was stripped of her 100m and 200m World Championships titles have reported that despite being banned she was amazed at the number of young athletes who turned to her for advice on almost any performance enhancing drugs that they could take to help them access success in athletics. They simply did not seem to care about being caught or about the impact on their health. This is consistent with Canadian research that has shown young students accessing drugs to make themselves look good and more acceptable to their peers.