The Critical 'I'

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Saturday, November 16, 2002

JUST DO IT
little dab'll do ya
It seems like you can't hardly have an Olympics, a football game or even a bike ride without the issue of performance-enhancing drugs coming through. But could it be that our "Just Say No" society is looking at this all wrong? After all, doping and other tricks have roots that reach all the way back to ancient Greece.

Along with this, it's been well-documented that the ancient athletes were paid to perform and won prizes for winning events--in other words, they weren't really amateurs. And, to complete the trifecta, wagering on the games was big business back in the day. So, all these taboos associated with the modern Games (and really, to all bigtime sports) really have been cooked up in more recent decades, rather than being inspired by some ancient principles.