How do we solve a problem like the Russians?

22 May 2016

How do we solve a problem like the Russians?

As New Zealanders we are generally committed to ‘doing the right thing’. We don’t like cheating and corruption and our society is relatively free of it. This is one of the main reasons we should be confident in our athletes as most of them have the same mind-set. Another reason is that Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) is also committed to doing the right thing – we abhor cheating and will do what we can to root it out whether it’s a club level athlete selling drugs or an Olympian who is doping.

Our Kiwi athletes have always known that when they compete internationally, not all of their competitors will have the same mind-set or be subject to the work of a determined national anti-doping organisation. Their response is generally to suck it up and just take greater satisfaction in beating the cheats – not ideal, but the way it has to be.