He says the news that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz (right) – of the Boston Red Sox- tested positive for drugs in 2003 has been greeted by the U.S public with :
” … a level of indifference it usually reserves for French political affairs.”
5 members of the Jamaican sprint team failed drugs tests ;
“another so-called scandal that had the same shelf life as unpasteurised milk in a heat wave. The public doesn’t care about athletes taking drugs”
Two other recent stories to chew over :
* 3 top riders thrown out of this year’s Tour De France ..
* 3 Bath Rugby players – left – (it’s a strange sport played with an odd-shaped ball if you’re not familiar with it) suspended for 9 months for missing drug tests..
But some fans don’t care : here’s an excerpt from a match report when Ortiz appeared in the first of a 4 game series against the Yankees.
” Yankees fans were surprisingly placid when the 33-year-old emerged for batting practice. Fans seated near the dugout prodded him for autographs, including several wearing Yankee jerseys. After BP, Ortiz tossed two baseballs into the crowd and signed a few items while he talked casually with autograph seekers.He also gave a pair of batting gloves to young fans. No one uttered a derisive word “.
Another columnist – Matthew Syed- wrote this a a couple of months ago about how important it is to win well , to win properly.
He talks about the excellent examples shown by both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and is pleased because :
I used to be a sportsman and when I was coming through the ranks there was a powerful idea in the air. It went something like this: to get to the top you have to be selfish, nasty and, on occasions, morally dubious”
And, as Lawrence says, “do we really want a world in which cheats always win ?”