Leveling the Playing Field
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To Catlin, desecration of the Olympics is especially tragic. "The
notion of the Olympic Games to me is the cleanest, purest kind of
event ever," he says. "People in every country in the world can
compete and the best man or woman crosses the finish line first.
What could be worse than to think they are tainted?"
So who is winning the race against performance-enhancing drugs?
"We've been through many years where the testers have lost," says
Catlin. "But for the last few years, the momentum is definitely
swinging. We're still behind in many ways, but at least now we have
the World Anti-Doping Agency and USADA trying to deal with the issue,
and a lot of people around the world who have become sensitized
to it. Someday all this momentum will pay off."
Catlin would like to see a culture shift that motivates and rewards
athletes for staying clean rather than simply punishing them for
cheating. At the same time, he believes that victory is possible
if the sporting world truly gets serious about the issue by formulating
a long-term plan and backing research and funding.
He's convinced that the goal is attainable. "With the right funds,"
Catlin says, "we can level the playing field."