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The Power of Two

Sochi Torch Shines On PEDs

Published May 8, 2014 1:37 PM by Eleanor Wolfram

Thank God Spring has sprung! The warmer weather is signaling that the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is finally over.

At the onset of the winter games, I was all into the bobsleigh twists and ski mountain jumps. But by the three week of the games, I started longing for all of my television shows that were either postponed or cancelled due to the never ending quest for the multiple Olympics trophy metals.

PED and ACS Collaboration
Yes, a lot of athletes will receive metals and commercial endorsements for jobs well done, but something more near and dear to the heart has also come out as a victory -- targeting and uncovering performance-enhancing drugs (PED). The tasks at hand were a fairly easy slam dunk this year because the authorities had a new PED testing tool. The test is said to be thousand times more sensitive than those used previously.

According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), throughout the winter Olympics, physicians were working to defeat the practice of athletes taking unfair advantage from banned performance-enhancing drugs. Chemist reported at the ACS national meeting, the new testing tools will reveal: how much of a drug the athlete took and the timeframe the drug was taken. This was good news for The International Olympic Committee, the United States Anti-Doping Agency and others sports agencies that test to ensure athletes PED free.

In the words of journalist Heywood Broun, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

posted by Eleanor Wolfram


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