Drug testing? No problem if you’re innocent
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 10:42am
Next year, if you’re a varsity athlete, you may be forced to take a test a bit different from the ones for history or math class. A drug test.
The policy applies to student-athletes who compete in the postseason, which, given how most IHSA sports organize their playoff systems, means almost anyone on a varsity team could be tested for banned substances.
I’m not sure if this applies to people on the chess team, but otherwise, this ruling makes perfect sense.
The sports world in general has been a lot tougher on their athletes lately. The Mitchell Report brought light to one of the darkest problems in baseball, and proved even Roger Clemens is not above the law. Only yesterday, Congress held a hearing regarding performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. And now this.
The vast majority of athletes at the high school level don’t use illegal PEDs, I’d be more than willing to bet. But some do, and this ruling should be one more step in the right direction. Sure, a lot of innocent people will take the test, and it may be annoying, but it proves your innocence, at least. Some young people may take steroids or other PEDs to succeed at the next level, so this recent anti-PED media craze has enforced the message that if you cheat, you will get caught.
I agree with the majority (as of now) who voted for the first option in this Gargoyle poll. To those who voted that it’s unnecessary, it’s necessary for whoever does take PEDs, however small that population of students is (though it probably isn't necessary for chess).
I suppose I can sympathize with whoever doesn't have an opinion, but to those who think it's an invasion of privacy I say: Deal with it. There's only one way to prove your innocence, and by not wanting to take a test, you're implying that you may be guilty.
Just take the test.