Posted 18 July 2008 - 11:47 AM
Update; In the upcoming weeks I'm going to make an Olympic schedule on the first post, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Also, places are still up for grabs concerning the Country game, anybody can take part, whether you like the Olympics or not, and it could be some good fun.
Anyway, you'll notice that a poll has been added, due to the decision made by the B.O.A earlier today that Dwain Chamber's lifetime Olympic ban will stay as it is, and he won't going going to Beijing next month. The question is, do you agree?
Personally I think it's fantastic news. Despite Dwain Chambers currently being the fastest man in Great Britain, and despite the fact that many other countries would have repeeled there decision, taking performance enhancing drugs is NOT tolerated, and a punishment of this magnitude is more than aceptable. I feel no sympathy what-so-ever for Dwain, he knew the consequences, he had no reason to take performance enhancing drugs. And with todays modern technology, he surely knew he would've been caught? Pure stupidity in my eyes.
This also gives Great Britain a great reputation knowing the fact that we're taking part in the '08 Olympics, drug free*. I've got no doubt in my mind that if Dwain hadn't been so shameful and stupid by not taking performance enhancing drugs, he would still be the fastest man in Britian, which he undoubtedly proved last week, and the whole country would be backing him as our greatest hope of winning a medal in the 100m category. Now it's down to somebody else, who has worked hard and deserved there place. Dwain is a cheat, and that's the bottom line. For all I care he can quit athletics for good and go and play Rugby league, I don't give a sh*t.
The decision to uphold Dwain's lifetime ban has been made far too late in my opinion, and wasn't fair for the other athletes who were hoping for a slot in the 100m men's category. I know that The B.O.A waited to see if Chamber's was up to standard, but they still could have made there decision way before, knowing full well that it would have been a no in the first place.
Conclusion, I'm chuffed with the B.O.A's decision and wish all the athletes competing for Britain in this years Olympics the best of luck.
* Aside from current 400m World champion Christine Ohurogu, who, despite wasn't convicted of taking performance enhancing drugs, missed three Drug tests, yet hasn't received a ban and is eligible to compete for Britain in the Olympics, and defend her crown as the greatest 400m runner on Earth. I disagree with this decision as well, why should somebody miss a drug test in the first place, never mind three? Ludicris.
Another question regarding football; Do you agree or disagree at Nations competing in the Olympics taking players away form there respective clubs to take part in the Olympics, just when the domestic season is geting underway?
I feel this decision is up to the player in all honesty. He can either represent his country, and try to make his counrty proud and Olympic champions, or represent his club and try to make his respective club proud. The Olympics come aound once every four years, and I'm sure taking part in them would be a dream to some players, and the opportunity to make there country proud would be too hard to turn down. After all, after a month away at the Olympics they can get back to playing club football, albeit a bit fatigued and maybe out of form.
Back to Beijing, with only 21 days to go until the opening ceremony, preperation is really starting to take shape. With Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay both coming to Crystal palace to compete against each other, which will be something to look forward to.