Team India led by M.S. Dhoni clinched the Airtel ODI series in style, beating England by five wickets. It was a convincing win, something to be taken note of considering India has been at the receiving end in the recent past. Dhoni has silenced critics and proved that he is a capable leader. Both Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina deserve special mention for the Mohali victory. A word of praise is also due to all the bowlers for a job well done.
Tip of the iceberg
Lance Armstrong’s assertion that he did not regret taking to drugs and that he considered doping was a level-playing field (Editorial - ‘Just another dope cheat’, January 19) is shocking. Further, his statements make it clear that doping in sports today is undeniably a professional exercise. His case is just the tip of the iceberg. A 100 per cent screening before an event is one way to check the menace instead of post-event testing and disqualification of the guilty later. The onus is on the IOC.
The much acclaimed champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, has finally confessed to doping. An icon for many sports stars, including our cricketer Yuvraj Singh in the fight against cancer, one wonders how he could have escaped those innumerable dope tests all along. His is a lesson for the anti-doping agency to tighten up their procedures to ensure there is no route to escape for the culprits so that sports will remain clean.
Like it did with so many dope cheats in the past — Ben Johnson, Marion Jones — to name a few, sowing and reaping principle finally has caught up with Lance Armstrong too. Like all the disgraced athletes, only when he was pushed to a corner did he admit to cheating. Though WADA has been able to catch some ‘black sheep’, the fears are quite legitimate that we are still dealing with only “the tip of the iceberg”. WADA has to spread its ‘net’ more far and wide to pin down more cheats masquerading as “clean champions”. Let athletes be juiced up but only on good ole’ adrenaline!
In the passing away of R. Raghavan, Tamil Nadu has lost a gentleman clayer. He was the darling of the crowd at the Marina ground during Sport and Pastime and The Hindu Trophy matches. At the annual Puja tournament in Trippunnithura in Kochi cricket fans used to look forward to his ‘sixers’. Raghavan shunned publicity but the Chennai crowd will never forget him.
former Treasurer, TNCA
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