Two striking developments occurred this month in the realm of performance enhancing drugs and those tasked with regulating them.
First, it was proposed by European Athletics that the IAAF, (the organization that oversees international track & field), should void all world records not set by athletes after 2005. This was the year that serious drug testing really began, at least in terms of blood testing. The proposal is certainly a harsh one, as it now puts 45 world records in jeopardy, and according to the NY Times, has created a sense of injustice among athletes of that era. Among the world records in question are Flo Jo’s 100 and 200 meter times set in 1988.
While announcing the idea, the president of the European track association, said:
“Performance records that show the limits of human capabilities are one of the great strengths of our sport, but they are meaningless if people don’t really believe them.” -Svein Arne Hansen of Norway
Meanwhile, the PGA announced it will start blood testing as part of its anti-doping program. This change comes amid speculation of the prevalence of performance enhancing drugs on tour, and will certainly make it harder to cheat than the PGA’s current system, which has only suspended three players — Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel and Scott Stallings – in the nine years since the program has been implemented.