A very interesting article dating back to 2008.
It’s full of great quotes:
“Sport,” Wadler says, “should be a contest of character, not a contest of pharmacology.”
Jagusch notes: “The whole amateur side of it, people take it too seriously. They think nothing of spending all their savings on equipment when all they need to do is train more and lose weight. Why wouldn’t these same people, looking for an edge, turn to drugs? It’s a Type A personality, where their goals are the be-all and end-all of their existence.”
Wadler agrees. “Absolutely, a 45-year-old who spends $10,000 on a bike will find a doctor who will help with a friendly diagnosis” to get a drug with performance-enhancing abilities, whether it is a stimulant or a steroid.
Very interesting stuff. It seems us purathletes are not alone.