PUNE: The ‘Games village’ we’re staying in was occupied by athletes during the Commonwealth Youth Games in October. Not surprising, then, that many current occupants found used syringes and empty vials in their rooms. If doping can happen at the Youth Commonwealth level, imagine what goes on at the Olympics or other senior events. What then is this anti-doping charade all about?
The easiest way to prevent doping is to check the luggage of the athletes before they enter their hotels/ Games village. Since these are international athletes, they cannot access dope once they arrive in the host country. I don’t think testing is sufficient to catch the culprits, for they are always a step ahead.