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The Darkening Clouds over our sport, by Larry Eder - RunBlogRun - and an idea for Seb Coe https://t.co/HOxOj2Xhoj @marathontalk #runchat

Doping has been with our sport since the 1950s. My short answer was that the global sport federations had a chance to kill it in the 1970s, but did not appreciate the issue. Many believe that testosterone was first used in Germany to make members of the Gestapo and Waffen SS stronger in the late 1930s. By the 1950s, doping was part of the emerging Soviet Union's sport programs, as the Cold War evolved. The opportunity to use sports to show the superiority of Marxism over Capitalism on terrestrial television was huge. Such was the system developed by the GDR, known as East Germany. Their training systems were impressive, but, the addition of doping took their racing to another level. Many athletes suspected that many Eastern bloc athletes were cheating, and that was part of the rationalisation by Western athletes to dope. Money coming into the sport made the sport a busines...

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