A look at the growing problem of doping in the sports world

Half believe performance enhancing substance use is "widespread" among those who play sport competitively. Ukad chief Nicole Sapstead described the figures as "incredibly alarming". What do the statistics say? According to figures from UK Anti-Doping Ukadthe national body responsible for protecting clean sport, there are currently 52 athletes and coaches serving bans.

A look at the growing problem of doping in the sports world

We look up to them, and our children learn from them. We may even want to learn everything we can about our favorite sports idols, from their origins to their training methods to their favorite cereal.

Successful athletes are still only human, though, and can make the same terrible choices as any of us. A number of sports stars over the years have ruined their careers through their horrible decisions.

Here are ten such fallen idols. Rory Ryan Lochte, from Daytona Beach, Florida, grew up loving the water and eventually became known for his title as a time Olympic medalist. His winnings include six gold medals, three silver medals, and three bronze medals, certainly qualifying him as an Olympic champion.

A look at the growing problem of doping in the sports world

On top of this, he holds the world record in the meter individual medley as well as having been named both World and American swimmer of the year for the years and He holds a whopping total of 70 international competition medals, 45 of which are first place, and he has a huge social media following.

So, what is it that made him make the horrible decision that almost ruined his career? InLochte was scheduled for the Rio Olympics, in which he would maintain his award-winning title and maybe even add a few more medals to the collection.

This, however, ended when he was charged with making a false statement to police regarding him and a mate being held at gunpoint and robbed. Once caught out in his lie, he was summoned to court, where he revealed that he and his friends were not robbed and fabricated the story to cover the fact that they had been caught by security vandalizing a gas station bathroom.

Lochte ended up avoiding all charges after his lawyer argued that he did not break any laws by exaggerating the details of the events of that night.

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He had his first victory on the Tour de France in and trained ever harder to gain more and more titles across the Olympics and the Tour. He focused most of his time on the Tour de France up until he retired for two years and returned for two more races in and Inhe managed to place third, and inhe fell back into the pack before announcing a second retirement.

In addition to struggling with illness throughout his career, he was constantly accused of using illicit drugs to enhance his performance.

Were the rumors true? Despite never testing positive, Lance Armstrong admitted on The Oprah Winfrey Show in to doping throughout his cycling career.

The world was shocked as the details of his scandal were finally revealed. As a result of this, he was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France wins and banned from cycling to set an example of what will happen to athletes using banned substances. He says that the lying and dishonesty is his biggest regret.

Apparently, doping to drive his career was worth losing all his dignity over. During her sophomore year, she dropped out of school in order to focus all her time on the sport to try and make a career out of it.

There has been a huge amount of academic, policy, and public debate over the years about doping in sport (i.e. the use of banned performance enhancing substances or drugs and other prohibited. The World Cup was the greatest in recent memory. In the end, France won it. But there were other winners, too. And there were plenty of losers. The article you have been looking for has expired and is not longer available on our system. This is due to newswire licensing terms.

Indespite the critics along the way, she won her first national title and also became the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel in competition. From there, she continued winning medals, including silver at the World Championships, fourth in the French Winter Olympics inand eventually another gold at the US Championships.

Her main rival was Nancy Kerrigan. Just how far would Harding go to get ahead of her competition? During the buildup to the Winter Olympics, the competition got fierce between Harding and Kerrigan.

It reached the point where the pressure got so heavy for Harding that she resorted to criminal acts in order to get ahead. Kerrigan went on to make the Olympic selection, and both she and Harding were thrown into a media circus speaking of conspiracies and hatred between the two.

She was also banned from the sport for life. To cope with his grief, he threw himself into basketball and was named Player of the Year in his high school years by Parade magazine. He managed to start off his professional career with the Los Angeles Clippers, who were renowned for their losing record, before being offered a better contract with the Miami Heat.

Here, he trained with the likes of superstar Dwayne Wade and hugely improved his game. After that season, he was invited to represent the United States in the Olympics, where he worked with the team to win bronze, which he personally stated was the greatest honor of his entire career.

This would be the height of his career. Although his life was seemingly perfect, Odom was struggling with drug abusewhich eventually led to the demise of his career. In the — season, he was suspended for violating the extremely strict NBA drug policy after receiving a charge for driving under the influence.Writer who didn't vote for Jacob deGrom for first place in Cy Young has no patience for WFAN host.

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