The majority of the millions of people who watch the Summer Olympics every four years are casual fans, dropping in to watch these niche sports for entertainment purposes. The sheer spectacle of the Olympic games almost always overwhelms the ugly realities – host cities left in financial ruin, IOC scandals and major doping issues.
Mark Johnson, author of the new book Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, is an expert on that last topic, and he says that allowing athletes to use any and all performance-enhancing drugs in the Olympics isn’t any more crazy than what comes from the current system in place.
“WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) only finds 1-2 percent of dopers right now,” Johnson told Metro. “It’s pretty easy to – in a lot of sports – plan your doping so you don’t have any drugs in your system when you’re competing. Most of the PEDs allow athletes to train a lot harder and recover a lot faster, but during actual competition they can still be completely clean,” Johnson said. “It’s really an intelligence test. If you’re working with a good doctor and you time everything right, you can always get by.”