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Blood Sports The inside dope on drugs in sport [Kindle Edition]

Robin Parisotto
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Book Description

Drugs in sport have been around since the Ancient Olympics,
but in the last few decades the cheats have become very sophisticated and
lately have been taking substances that occur naturally in the body; things
that are supposed to be there anyway. And if a little bit works then maybe
a little bit more is better, like a little bit more blood because with more
blood comes more oxygen and with more oxygen they can run faster for
longer. But like any drug, too much of a good thing can be dangerous and
the many mysterious deaths of professional cyclists (more than 30) since
1987, put blood doping in the spotlight instead of steroids. Too much
blood, it seemed was very dangerous, even deadly.

But how did the blood doping method fly under the radar for decades before
anyone did anything about it? What was done and what impact has this had on
the cheats behaviour for they were not about to give up their precious
source of success, their blood. How was it that Lance Armstrong who won seven Tour de France races was able to beat proven blood dopers? What did he have that others did not? Many have asked the same question and Blood Sports answers some of the many questions surrounding Armstrongs superhuman feats.

Many of these answers have been corroborated since the release of the USADA "Reasoned Decision" report. The subsequent decision to strip him of his seven TdF titles by the UCI has heralded a downward spiral in Armstrongs fortunes, both financial and morally. He knew what it would take to win: MORE BLOOD. More than that he intimitated those that knew. Now its payback time for many.

Move over Ben Johnson; your mantle as sports biggest drug cheat now sits firmly in the lap of Lance Armstrong.

Blood Sports is however not just a story about cycling and its most infamous
cheat among a plethora of cheats including Lance Armstrong (its pin-up boy now), it is
a story which charts the history of blood doping and how the challenge was met
head on by the drug police.
Blood doping had rudimentary beginnings with the first human to animal
blood transfusion in 1666 culminating in 250 years of medical research
which eventually led to the first human-to-human blood transfusion in 1908.
The rest they say is history but in the case of blood doping its history repeating
itself with the cheats 'harvesting' their own blood to be poured into their body just
before competing to give them the edge. And the best thing about it, is
that the blood is supposed to be in the body. The cheats never new it
though but they were up against a new breed of drugs police, those with a
nose for working out what was natural blood and what was artificial. The
blood doping cheats were beaten or so we thought.

But just as this battle appears to have been won there is another looming.
The means to artificially enhance the body by means of genetic technology.
The sporting world is threatened by something that may well be out of the
reach of the drug police no matter how smart they may be. The battle may
therefore never be won.

Blood Sports will bring to you where and how blood doping began, who
cheated, who died, who gained financially and politically, how it seemed to
be beaten and how the testers are confronted not only by the cheats
ingenious doping ways but how beuracracies can cover-up and get in the way
to stymie their efforts. The UCI for example are now under heavy scrutiny to
prove that they were not part of the Lance Armstrong 'machinery'.
What hope would the testers have had in such a scenario? 

Blood Sports is a book full of revelations, shocks, surprises, twists and
turns written for a general audience.

Product Details

  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Self (June 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book May 29, 2013
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A terrifically researched and written book but I a man who very much knows his subject. Very informative and thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! September 5, 2012
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This book provides an excellent and illuminating look at drug abuse in modern sports and provides an insight into some of the attempts that have been made and some of the success that have been accomplished to thwart their use and abuse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clears away a lot of the myth and general BS ... January 3, 2015
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Clears away a lot of the myth and general BS about current doping practices. Sadly the cycling fans who should read this will most likely avoid it.
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