by Kavon Fiennes
I am sure there was a “collective” gasp from our nationalists at the revelation that our beloved sprint heroine Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) has tested positive for a banned substance.
In her defense, “the collective” will make pronouncements that it was only a diuretic (a masking agent) and not a performance enhancing substance. The defense will be that “She took a cold tablet” or something along those lines and she will get off. VCB is the darling of Jamaican athletics and it’s not a “terrible infringement”, unlike Merlene Ottey’s positive test for nandrolone (and the nation stood by Ottey then). I presume VCB will only get a slap on the wrist for this forgivable lapse, just wait for it.
I am neither blind and stupid nor am I naive and gullible to think that our best athletes are always running drug free. As a matter of fact I think we ought to understand the possibility that all the finalists in elite competition in most sports are almost 100% certain to be doping (at one time or another, on or off season).
I have already declared in previous posts (here and here) that we ought to end drug testing in sports. There is no doubt in my mind that in order to be in the ‘top class’ in every physically demanding sport athletes and sportsmen have to be doping…it’s part of game theory.
If we revel in the fact that when athletes’ drug tests from our arch rivals – the United States – come back positive and they are labelled cheaters (a la Gatlin), then we must be open to the reality that our guys who are beating them, must be on stuff too!
I wonder when Bolt, Blake & company will eventually have positive test results? That would be a national catastrophe, worse than the dollar sliding past $J1oo to $US1.00. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see Jamaican sprinters compete and win. But put an asterisk beside the times that they run.
Kavon Fiennes is creator of the RightFromYaad blog. He is a 30-something year old ‘Black’, sometimes ‘Brown’, Jamaican. He is a former socialist, nationalist and Democrat, turned Libertarian and semi-conservative since his mid 20′s. He still holds lingering left-wing views on the way society ought to treat the destitute and elderly.