When it comes to doping in sport Tyler Hamilton’s recently released book and the alleged story of Lance Armstrong his former team mate using illegal stimulants is stealing most of the headlines, which must be great news for the International Paralympic Committee.
The reason why it is good news is that very little coverage has been given to the fact that a lack of money has constrained drug tests being carried out at the London 2012 Games. In fact only one medallist in each event is being tested compared to the top five in every Olympic event.
The IPC’s head of Anti Doping Jose Pascual has been quoted as saying ” If I had the money I would do all the athletes.”
Cost has also been the reason given as to why Paralympic samples were kept for three months compared to eight years for the Olympics.
Sadly even in the Paralympics there are those who will do whatever it takes to win, even if it is against the spirit of the games and the rules.