The simple fact is that doping is rife in professional sports and has been for decades. Even in horse racing they need to test the horses as they can be given cocaine and other stimulants.
The way I look at it is this, if performance enhancement is cheating and doping is performance enhancement, how is doping different to other non-doping performance enhancement?
There are drugs that help with almost every sport, from cycling to soccer to golf and shooting.. From the most physical sports to sports that hardly seem physical at all.
An endurance athlete has EPO, blood doping etc available. The strength athlete has steroids and HGH. The concentration athlete beta blockers and anti anxiety drugs.
There was an uproar here in Australia before the Olympics when it was found that at previous Olympics the top swimmers were knocking themselves out with Stilnox (used because it has no drowsy after effects) every night, this meant that they were well rested before racing. Due to the uproar sleeping pills were banned and the Australian swimming team had pretty much its worse Olympics ever, with many of the athletes complaining they hadn't been able to sleep due to nerves. Try exercise after a good nights sleep vs after a bad sleep and you'll quickly realize that Stilnox was performance enhancing for those athletes. It wouldn't surprise me at all if F1 drivers took sleeping pills or anxiety suppressants.
Blood doping is another huge issue and when Operation Puerto in Spain found evidence of it on a huge scale it was kept very quiet except for the cycling names. The Doctor from it, Eufemiano Fuentes, has said ''In 2006 I worked with all types of athletes. Footballers, athletes, cyclists, boxer and tennis players.''
Now can you imagine the uproar if they turned around and busted Real Madrid or one of the big football clubs for doping its players? The simple truth is FIFA would do its utmost to stop it ever happening as it would quite literally cause riots! Yet Fuentes clearly implicates footballers.
It is also worth noting that when you google search "Operation Puerto" the name Rafael Nadal comes up. If this were proven imagine the impact on professional tennis!
Then of course there is performance enhancing the good old fashioned technological way. Which to me is just as bad! I won't go in to it myself because Alex Lloyd covered it so well, and from a position of far more insight in his blog. It's an article I strongly suggest you all read! http://jalopnik.com/5977371/racing-is-f ... armstrongs