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• Molly Huddle urges lifetime bans for doping

Multi-US champion and Olympian Molly Huddle is urging members of the running community to sign a petition calling for lifetime bans on athletes who fail doping tests. At the time of publication, the petition had upwards of 250 signatures.

Not everyone supports lifetime bans for positive drug tests. Several commenters suggested a lifetime ban is too harsh, given the number of false positives in drug testing. This was Huddle’s response: “I think we need to get to the bottom of how common those accidents are, and separate them from the excuses people use to get out of cheating… you hear about steroids in meat and such, and as a clean athlete you need to ask, do I really need to be afraid of that or are those stories fabricated? A true false positive would be a nightmare scenario for a clean athlete, and I’d hate to see someone removed from the sport because of it, but there are a lot more people who aren’t caught…” Huddle added that she views elite competition as a privilege rather than a right.

 

If you agree with Huddle, you can sign the petition here.

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