Saturday, April 16, 2016

Openness of the drug scene in sports is daringly elusive - a Haibun

                                                                                                        Author: Unknown
Image: The 100 yards Sprint at the 1896 Olympics (here)

O for Openness of the Drug Scene in ABC of Sports

The Prose
Openness of the drug scene in sports is daringly elusive
There was never a respite ever since sprinter Ben Johnson
was stripped off his Olympics gold medals in 1988

The authorities keep adding to their list of banned substances
while the coaches keep looking for ‘medicines’ not on the list
As recently as January 2016 when Meldonium was added to the
list that it resulted in many athletes who were tested positive.
It included Sharapova who had taken it for a decade

According to the manufacturers it would take quite some time
for the drug to be rid off from the athlete’s system. That being
the case some of the 172 athletes caught in the web  might
jeopardize their chances of competing at the Rio Olympics this
summer if their bodies still have traces of the drug by then

The Tanka
'Catch me if you can'
Taken ostensibly as
medicine knowing
fully well these are drugs of
a muscle enhancing kind

A to Z Challenge
For Mary's Poetry Pantry 
#298 at Poets United


  1. An interesting subject Hank, I suspect there is more drug taking than are caught which is such a shame because after all sport is there for everyone but to cheatis not what sport is all about.

  2. Sometimes we just never know, but they usually get caught, sooner or later. I like this photo capture too.

  3. I can understand why an athlete would take a drug to enhance their performance. However, I wonder about the trade-off to their long term health. I would not encourage any young person to be a professional athlete. To compete may require practices that are detrimental to their health.
    Ironic in that physical activity usually improves health. I was an athletic young woman. As a consequence, I enjoy the benefits of that now.

  4. If you're an athlete with such requirements you or someone you trust, hopefully your doctor, would stay on top of all these requirements and changes. Everyone needs to take medication once in a while but for an athlete getting ready for a competition extra care must be taken. They should be prepared or aware of all of this. Benefit of a doubt for sure, but it does make you wonder if the excuse "I was unaware" is a fair one.

  5. Take as few drugs as possible. Although if something was a necessary drug and then it became banned, that's tough.

  6. Have to watch what changes come due. But yeah, best to just never take any at ones zoo

  7. What an interesting and edifying haibun - the tanka dovetails perfectly with the prose.

  8. This is a really interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Quite interesting how the banned drugs have changed over the years. The athletes and their trainers really have to keep an eye on these things lest they be disqualified. Will be interesting to see what happens as the Olympics roll closer this summer.

  10. This poem has such wisdom.. love that tanka!

  11. Yes, this subtle cheating is a scourge of sport.

  12. It is sad we must resort to drugs to win...

  13. Oh that cheating... and constantly trying to get chemical benefits. But I guess we admire winners so much that it's worth the price.

  14. It is discouraging that the pressures are such that people need or use enhancements, rather than their skilful performance in competition. It takes away from the sport. Interesting topic, Hank.

  15. If we didn't get so hyper about winners and records then there would be less pressure on the athletes to take them I guess. Shudder to think what those chemicals are doing to sportsmen/women long term, Sharapova grabs headlines, but a thousand others don't.

  16. What a trap the sports people keep falling into...sigh...

  17. I had no idea the drug and sports issue was this new. I wonder if thinking of 1988 as just yesterday means that I'm getting deliciously old... hm...

    May the cheaters not run fast enough... to hide.

  18. I sometimes wonder about the athletes (if there are any left) who are not purposely cheating and who are legitimately taking sort sort of drug for a genuine condition but who end up finding out, perhaps too late, that their prescription included some ingredient that actually enhanced their performance. Are there any people left who just want to compete honestly?

  19. It seem steroids are always in the news. Everyone wants to be faster, stronger and bigger. What happened to natural ability? Hank, this is an interesting topic that encourages conversation.

  20. Fame and reward are great incentives to cheat. All athletes and sports people should be tested and if found guilty banned for life. Any awards and rewards recovered and their names excluded from records for all previous performances and then banned from all association with competitive sport for life.

  21. Sad fact...but it's important that surfaced - easy to cut. Great work with haibun and tanka!