Here's something to ponder, mentioned in Bigger, Stronger, Faster (the movie).
If we train at high altitude to raise our EPO that's not against the rules, but, nonetheless acheives a similiar effect.
If we train with certain junk chemicals we can raise our EPO. That, too, is not against the rules.
If we re-inject our own blood, that's against the rules.
If we take a hormone to raise our EPO, that's against the rules.
All four methods have about the same outcome, but, unless we all move to the high Rockies, most of us can't raise our EPO via that method, yet, those who would take meds to raise their EPO hormonally would catch flack.
If you watched the movie, you'll find out that some of the folks, like Carl Lewis, actually failed the test many more times than Ben Johnson, but, were given special exceptions (the results were blown off). Now, if that's not a farce, what is?
Technology, in its many forms (equipment, clothing, methods, bats, sticks, balls, coffee, etc.) has been used in sport performance since the very beginning of time. That application of technology is not cheating. To use technology to perform at a higher level is something that comes to humans very naturally. Coffee, EPO, stimulatants, hormones, all allow us to train longer, and harder, and to achiever higher recovery and performance.
An aspirin is not "natural", but, testosterone is. One can bleed to death with aspirin. One can have severe liver damage with Tylenol. Does that happen with tesosterone? Of course not. Nothing could be more natural. It's what makes men men.
When the 1991 Omnibus Drug bill was passed, and more specfically when the NCAA started testing, athletes quit using the safer hormones like test and its deratives, and moved to GH and harsher stuff in order to beat the test. Olympic athletes have been using an oral form of trenbolone ("the clear") now for years, because it would beat the test, even though orals are far often hepatoxic because of the way they have to made to pass through the GI system.
It's strange that the question isn't raised as much with women and their various hormones and comestic procedures but folks cling to a falsehood that their best athletes don't embrace technology to enhance their game. Many of them do.
Tiger Woods had LASIX, an unnatural process, to give him 20/15 vision for his golf. Is that cheating? What about the bikers that can't afford the team that Lance Armstrong has? Is that cheating?
The "haters" as the guy is here, really don't think through the big picture, prey on misinformation about reality, and the dangers of use, and lash out. Ironically, the haters often are among the folks that finally embrace the idea in middle age when they find they want to feel better, look better, perform better, and prevent diseases of aging. Go figure.
Like the "moonshine" days of alcohol probhition, forcing stuff underground has made it more dangerous to the user, ruined countless lives, and limited research. Clearly, not clear thinking.