toni talks drugs

Performance Enhancing Drugs. They’re in the news again. Toni is on one again (a rant not a PED). Why wouldn’t he be? Wouldn’t you if you were trying to compete in a world where the system seems stacked against you trying to win clean?

We’re talking on the phone that today means I listen and he talks. Toni delivers a fine monologue that, for a man of Italian descent, has more than a healthy dash of Anglo-Saxon thrown in. I’ll leave those bits out. But needless to say, he is not happy,

“Who is doing anything concrete? It’s like Mavis from Coronation Street* complaining, ‘I’m shocked, it’s terrible’, but when is someone going to do something tangible?

“Organisations often seem to be taking positive action but in reality how positive is the action?”

It’s great that the journalists are talking about it but the reason it’s there to talk about is that not enough is being done.

When are we going to triple anti doping budgets? Take a slice from every government and sponsor contribution and put it to testing. Why not take a sample from every footballer or Rugby player when they walk off the pitch?”

“I think they’d use money as the justification not to do that”.

“It’s like that derisory UEFA fine on Russia of a hundred and fifty thousand Euros. That’s about two weeks wages for an average player in the Premiership.”

“Give me a break. It’s not about the money. It’s like that derisory UEFA fine on Russia of a hundred and fifty thousand Euros. That’s about two weeks wages for an average player in the Premiership.

Then you get Sharapova complaining that her suspension for using a banned substance will affect her income potential. Isn’t that the point of a ban?

Organisations often seem to be taking positive action but in reality how positive is the action?

Talk is cheap. Sadly that’s the nature of sport. Everyone at the top seems to be playing a game of their own. They know you know but they don’t do anything about it.

Want to sort the drugs problem? Stop talking. Stop using money as an excuse. Start sorting it by testing everyone that plays professional sport in the UK.”

“can I write all that?”

“Yes”.

It’s written. Hope you enjoyed the read.

 

* A soap character known for her ineffectual complaining.