Who cares? You're completely missing the point.Zakar wrote: ↑Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:21 amOf the 10k athletes in the games, how many are actually in a popular sport?Mog The Almighty wrote: ↑Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:15 amWhat on earth leads you to believe that?eldanielfire wrote: ↑Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:10 amThis is also backed up a study/survey a few years ago that suggested amateur athletes not being tested but competitive are more likely to dope than elite athletes. This was largely down to the fact doping is testing it self is an incentive to not dope and as I pointed out, it's actually requires a big resource of money to get around the Olympic doping protocols.blindcider wrote: ↑Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:42 amI know a few Pro Triathletes as the pool of athletes is fairly small and I would be very surprised if those specific individuals were on anything. I'm not saying in any way that triathlon is clean but there is very little money or exposure in the sport to make it worth the risk.
My suspicion would be that the biggest population of dopers in Tri (and cycling FWIW) is the amateur strava heroes near the front of the pack, particularly in the USA where people can easier procure some of this stuff like testosterone.
There's a large amount of drugs out there, including human growth hormone, for which there are not tests. The test is, "did we catch them red-handed, with the needle in their arse? No? They passed". That strategy of beating this test is "don't shoot HGH in front of Olympic officials" and the cost of getting around that doping protocol is $0.
This is the thing: whatever the sport is, if it's a popular sport, the very few athletes that manage to get to the pinnacle level in that sport have a competitive drive to win that is hard for us plebs to comprehend. Yeah, they all seem like good blokes and down to earth in the TV interviews. But when it comes to crunch-time, they're cold blooded killers with a win at all costs attitude. They just have to be to get as far as they do.
Take that fact and compound it with the facts that 1) they know they're extremely unlikely to get caught if they take anything; and 2) they know many/most/all of the competition are doing it. And try and put yourself in their mindset.
And we haven't even got into the actual evidence, just the psychology.
It's naive bordering on delusional to think drugs in all top levels sports are not rife.
Edit: okay ... I see what you mean. For clarification, every sport in the Olympics is a "popular sport". I added in that caveat so some idiot wouldn't pipe up with, "but you said doping is rife in ALL sports. I'm the best in the world at flicking orange pips into a beer bottle cap and I haven't doped".