During his 12 year career Greene has run under 10 seconds for the 100m no less that 52 times. While this seems awesome, and it is, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell has already gone under 10 seconds on 33 occasions and he is yet to win an Olympic or World Championships gold medal. Even more interesting is the fact that Greene once held the record for the most 100m performances under 10 seconds in a single season by achieving this feat on nine occasions. Powell has already exceeded that by running the time on 12 occasions in 2006.
The impact on the children
Clearly the world of athletics has been sullied by the continuing revelations. In 1992 a Vincentian athlete training in the US indicated that his coach insisted that for any athlete to get into the top 10 in the world at the time he had to be on something. That may well be the case. The plot thickens.
In many respects the governing body for the sport, the IAAF, may well have much to account for. The immediate reaction from that organisation to the news of Maurice Greene’s latest saga was in poor taste for an international body. Of course it had to react this way because it had only recently appointed Greene as one of its ambassadors. A few days later, when more information began to emerge the IAAF had to pull back from its initial stance.
The plethora of drug cheats in the sport of athletics must have a negative impact on the children of today. What are they to think?
Are all athletes drug cheats?
The world of athletics may well not be inundated by drug cheats but what we are finding out is that many of the performances are unrealistic given the dynamics of the human body by itself.
The desire to win at all costs has taken control and many organisations are being formed with the declared objective of developing the very best athletes, whatever it takes. This bodes no good for the sport.
Parents, coaches and administrators must work assiduously to defend athletics and to encourage the children to play fair at all times. The attraction is there to cheat. It is almost compelling when one examines the glory that some athletes achieve to say nothing of the monies that they accrue over time.
The disgrace somehow seems inevitable. The facts are gradually being revealed. To some who have been around the sport for some time, the cheats are always evident. There are none so blind as those who do not wish to see.
Let us try to save our children.