What exactly is an artificial performance enhancement? Is there an objective line between consuming a nutritious vitamin filled Subway sandwich versus grits and oatmeal? What about drinking filtered water versus a Dr. Strangelove inspired concoction?
In addition to cracking down on illicit steroid use, according to Techdirt, the World Anti-Doping Agency is now targeting high-altitude tent’s and those that use them. For those unfamiliar with this technology, over the past decade some long-distance runners have used a novel approach to build up endurance. Through the combination of training at low altitudes and living in houses designed with air levels similar to the thin air in high-altitudes, these runners have built up a competitive edge to those who train in the natural “air zone.” And it is this natural “air zone” that the WADA considers sacrosanct.
Among other questions, one wonders if WADA will soon turn their attention to runners using synthetically molded shoes, which are arguably superior to scurrying around bare foot. In fact, is it a matter of time before WADA penalizes cyclists and swimmers for shaving and wearing “performance enhancing” equipment? What about LASIK or Tommy John surgery for pitchers? To this effect, could an argument against all Olympic and professional training be made due to the “unnatural” rigor and strain that the athlete continually places on their body?