It was first in the early 20th century that Olympic athletes first discovered that by boosting testosterone levels in their bodies, their athletic abilities would enhance. The methods came to become more extreme.
It was over time evident that performance-enhancing drugs threatened the integrity of the sport. Their side effects on athletes’ bodies were another reason why they could not be ignored.
It was first in the 1960s that sports federations began to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs. IOC banned those in 1967.
Documentaries dating back to the 1990s showed that female swimmers from East Germany were given performance-enhancing drugs. East Germans were accused of doping in the 1976 Olympics. East German female swimmers went on to win 10 of 12 golds, six silvers and one bronze in 1976.
After the Berlin Wall fell, it was proved that East German swimmers and athletes were on a state-sponsored drug regimen. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was set up in 1999. IOC came up with a benchmark for drug testing for athletes. This came to be known as the Olympic Standard.
The latest development in the history of doping in swimming Olympics is the banning of Sun Yang for eight years, on 28th February 2020. Sun Yang is from China and with his doping ban in place; he won’t be able to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Sun Yang had refused to co-operate with sample collectors in 2018, and the event turned confrontational. Sun’s mother instructed a guard to destroy the case containing his blood sample with a hammer.
Sun has specified that he does not find the collection protocol in compliance. He asked CAS for a public trial. When the questioning was underway Sun was evasive. Translation issues amid Chinese and English made the trial stretch further.
Sun can now no longer defend his 200-meter freestyle title in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sydney family lawyers help you and your family with all your legal requirements. They specializations include family law, surrogacy, and wills & estates.