Forbidden substances have played a part in sports ever since politicians realised they can gain a benefit by having successfull sporting programmes. Sports like athletics, weightlifting and cycling as well as skiing have been hit the hardest but there's a reason why American sports (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) for an example fall under USDA and not WADA. They're giving their athletes all sorts of crap. It was the same with football and tennis for large periods. Football teams for an example have been doping since at least the 1970's. Everything from Bayern Münich under their heydays in the 1970's to how it used to be in Serie A in the 1980's and 1990's to the Spanish teams (Operación Puerto just to name the most obvious case) up until the last few years. The only time "there's doping" is when a scapegoat is needed in lower level football. There's no reason for the people in charge to throw their money cows under the bus. They live off that and we as fans are the idiots who're paying their holidays to the Maldives or French Polynesia. Well, alongside the TV-companies of course and God knows what sort of money they're pumping into the machinery that is football. Football is perfect for money laundry. It's systematic in many cases as well but the only thing you'll hear about is how Russia is doing it because the Western media have the money, journalistic resources and the power of the language to add to their agenda.
I listened to a really good programme where Arne Ljungqvist featured. He's a retired high jumper turned medical researcher and one of the first people to work with doping in sports in the 1970's. The stories he tells aren't surprising but there are tons of stories about how all parties (be it Americans, Russians, East Germans up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, Italians or Austrians) have used different systems to avoid detection..and WADA constantly a step or two behind. I'd say that's normal since the organization was started in 1999. FBI apparently even "allowed"/gave the green light to WADA to take down the BALCO-thing because the American Taxman detected someone wasn't paying taxes..
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