Clenbuterol seems to be the drug of choice for athletes these days. Dimitrij Ovtcharov, a male German table tennis player, and Zhou Mi, a female Chinese badminton player, have recently tested positive for this anabolic drug that can help reduce body fat.
What makes athletes think they can dope themselves and get away with it? Not only is it insulting to the other athletes who get by purely on natural talent, but it’s insulting the sport itself.
Of course, any athlete testing positive instinctively tries to deny the claims. In his autobiography, Open, tennis great Andre Agassi did exactly that. He admits to drug use and the fact that he lied to officials after testing positive for illegal substances. Agassi got away with it!
Ovtcharov asserts, “I wasn’t even familiar with the fact that there is a substance called clenbuterol.” Mi denies the claims as well and will prove her innocence by having a baby. She explains, “I will deliver a baby as soon as possible because I believe never dare anyone who takes drugs to do this.”
That reasoning seems a little off, but hey, that is just me. Mi further explains and says she bought some cold medicine the morning of the drug test. Sorry Mi, last time I checked cold medicine didn’t contain clenbuterol.
So maybe Ovtcharov and Mi’s situation was just a misunderstanding. No one knows for sure if they intentionally doped themselves. Should we give them the benefit of the doubt or not?