Doping programs succeed through secrecy. Breaking the veil of secrecy requires a special person with courage and conviction, and ASADA relies increasingly on the bravery of whistleblowers to expose drug cheats in sport. But is this challenge too great for those wanting clean, fair sport?
In a society where ‘dobbing on a mate’ is considered un-Australian, anti-doping investigators often face the unhappy prospect of closing a case because of insufficient evidence. Unless someone is willing to take a stand, drug cheats can go on to win accolades and the adoration of fans at the expense of clean athletes.
It is not so much the health risks, drug tests and advances in testing technology that keeps drug cheats awake at night. Being exposed is what they fear most. The whistleblower with principle; a values-driven person who knows what the cheat is doing, recognises the unfairness of the doper’s actions, and has the courage to do something about it.