Resetting athletics records is dope

There have been suggestions in the world of athletics of “resetting” the World Records for certain events following the recent doping scandals.

However, this actually takes away a whole host of achievements from athletes who have genuinely set records and have never been involved in using performance enhancing drugs.

Imagine Usain Bolt having set record after record, literally being the fastest man on the planet and having his records wiped clean as if they never happened?

How would you feel?

Is he still the fastest man on earth?  Would he immediately retake the records in his very next race following the reset?  I don’t know.

Would suspicion of drug taking be cast on him if he did?  Even if he was 100% clean?

Whilst I am not a fan of athletics it is clear that it’s a sport in turmoil.  There are athletes getting away with taking drugs, some setting records, some not – in which you’d have to question how “performance enhancing” they really are if they’re not winning anything.  Something clearly needs to be done to clean up the sport, but I’m not sure the answer is resetting the records.

It’d be like setting a load of World Records on Track N Field and then realising they’re lost when the machine’s turned off at night!

 

some pissed off looking athletesSome pissed off looking athletes earlier.

And where would it end?  With the world becoming far too politically correct we could end up going down the track of soft schools where competition is bad because it upsets the shit kids.

In school sports day it doesn’t matter what position you end up in the 100 metres sprint, you’re all winners!  No you’re bloody not, the winner is the person who runs fastest and comes first.

It’s a race, not a fucking country walk, let’s not dumb down sports any further.

The kid who comes 10th cries because he didn’t win, he should have run faster then!  Don’t praise him and tell him he’s brilliant runner and a winner in his own unique way, because clearly he’s not fast enough.

It’s no wonder athletes take performance enhancing drugs when they’re brought up like this is it?  If you’re consistently coming dead last in the 100 metre sprint that particular event is not for you , give it up, don’t go out and take some Nandralone.

Competition is a good thing, clean competition is better.

But how far will the political correctness go with regards to sport and history?

How long before Liverpool cry that it’s been 30 years since they last won the Football League and as a result they’re all feeling jolly well emotional about the whole ruddy thing.  Wouldn’t it be just wizard if the Premier League wouldn’t mind losing their history and maybe letting Liverpool win it this year, just so they can say they’ve won it and you know, they’re the first club to win the (New) Premier League.  Thanks awfully, la. 

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