INTERESTING! Russia has not had it's doping ban lifted and will not be allowed to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
This brings up an interesting question.
Should athletes be banned for longer than the mandatory 4 years?
New research is being done on the long-term effects on anabolic steroids in relation to performance.
According to research conducted by Anders Eriksson and Lars-Eric Thornell, Department of Integrative Medical Biology, ”It is possible that the high number of nuclei we found in the muscle might be beneficial for an athlete who continues or resumes strength training because increased myonuclei opens up the possibility of increasing protein synthesis, which can lead to muscle mass.” He added, “Based on the characteristics between doped and non-doped power lifters, we conclude that a period of anabolic steroid usage is an advantage for a power lifter in competition, even several years after they stop taking a doping drug.”
Recent research into the field of epigenetics suggest the effects of anabolic steroids can in fact be permanent in terms of the ability to produce more muscle mass and the ability of a muscle to perform with more force/speed etc etc.
I will be the first to admit that much more research is needed into this subject and I am sure that there will be an equal number of studies that show that there little long-term effects.
However, the fact that some research does point to the link between anabolic steroids and long-lasting improvements in performance may make the argument of those former drug user who say "oh it's been several years since I last used steroids" invalid. Especially if research continues to back up these findings.
As i say its early days but in the field of sports where victory can be determined by 2 millimeters is .5 kilos 1% is a massive difference.
Like I have stated before I personally do not care if people take anabolic steroids as long as they stick to a sport in which anabolic steroid use is fully accepted i.e bodybuilding.
If you have ever taken anabolic steroids then you should never be able to compete in a drug-free competition with life long drug free athletes. Unfortunately this is probably an impossibility.
Competition of this nature relies on honesty and some people show little.
While different drug free bodybuilding and powerlifting organizations provide differing levels of testing it is widely accepted that some organizations are much more lenient than others regards testing. In fact the drug-free bodybuilding community even has its own websites dedicated to uncovering which natural drug-free bodybuilder is actually drug free or not and many lifters have gone on record as saying "yes they cheated"
Separate drug free, former drug user and drug user competitions?
Livelong bans for drugs cheats?
A game of thrones style walk of shame for those who cheat the system?