Saturday, April 9, 2011

Never to old for dope?

US masters champion suspended for steroid

USADA hands North Carolinian a two-year ban

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) today suspended Mebane, North Carolina's Peter Cannell for doping.

37 year-old Cannell tested positive for the anabolic agent drostanolone in an out-of-competition test taken on April 16, 2010.

After being confronted by a USADA investigation, Cannell also admitted to previously using anabolics and forfeited all of his competitive results, prizes and points from February 6, 2007 onward.

The decision disqualifies Cannell from his 2009 national masters time trial championship, which should pass down to Ian Stanford of Winona, Minnesota. The 2008 masters title will now go to Eric Bean of Madison, Wisconsin and the 2007 masters road race title to Matthew Johnson of New Haven, Connecticut.

Bottom Line
I have been spouting off for years that the masters athletes in all sports are doped to the gills. These are the guys who have money, motivation and talent but are rarely tested. In my experience the attitude among some masters athletes is "whatever I'm old and who gives a flipping f***". Personally, I think people draw an arbitrary line in the sand, and convince themselves after 30 something cheating is OK. On the other hand, maybe the rational is a belief that as a masters athlete the chances of getting caught are zero-to-nothing. WTF? In either case I don't see this situation changing anytime soon.

Whatever, I am just saying.... Young buck or old fart, cheating is cheating. 

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