I Solemnly Swear to Keep it Clean!
A few weeks back one of the pro athletes that I follow on Twitter-Kara Goucher, sent out a tweet Congratulating another fellow pro-athlete-Molly Huddle on a recent performance. Above her tweet, I noticed that it was retweeted by CleanSportCollective and I didn’t know what or who that was. I was immediately intrigued and looked them up. And now I want to pass along the message and I feel it is an essential one. “I Solemnly Swear to Keep it Clean”! Keep what clean you might ask? This post has me on my “soap box” and is a brief surface level nod towards anti-doping and keeping sports clean.
Clean Sport Collective is a community of powerful voices comprised of athletes, brands, events, clubs, fans and public to support the pursuit of clean sport and athletics through the absence of performance enhancing drugs.
With the help of our partners, we will work together to bring the importance of clean sport to the general public through awareness, testing, industry advocacy and restoration.
Making the Pledge
Obviously, as a middle school and high school athletics coach, I have a platform to drive these principals to kids at a young age. Our school personally has an absolute NO TOLERANCE policy. I feel very strongly about this and want to advocate it even beyond just high school.
If I’m lucky, there’ll be runners from year to year that decide that running is their thing and are good enough to be able to continue their careers on into college. And who knows, we haven’t had any yet but there may even be some runners who go onto run professionally some day.
When I went to the Clean Sport Collective website to check them out, I also came across their Join Us Pledge. It is a pledge to advocate for a clean sport thru personal action. I pledged as a Coach of course;
“I pledge to support clean sport by working with athletes who are committed to training, competing and living clean and not working with athletes who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Working with individuals who choose not to play by the rules steals from hard working athletes that choose to do the right thing and challenges the health and integrity of sport. I understand it is my responsibility to be a positive leader to my athletes and in the community as an ambassador and advocate for clean sport and I will not use my authority to influence athletes into making decisions to break the rules. I pledge to support and guide clean athletes. I honor the leadership role I carry, and I will always lead athletes down the clean, honorable path.”
Bad Press for Russian’s in Winter Olympics
Recently there was quite a bit of press on sports channels and social media surrounding several Russain athletes who chose to enter as neutrals into the Winter 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Ironically the country had already previously been banned from the Olympics for doping offenses. You can read about it here. http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/43168312
I’ve fallen onto this topic in the past with the world of professional cycling, and track and field. There are many stories out there. For example the famous Lance Armstrong doping rise and fall. https://www.cnn.com/2013/01/15/health/armstrong-ped-explainer/index.html
Another instance that hit home was Marion Jones the track and field sprinter who had won 5 medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics but was stripped of her medals after admitting to using steroids just before the games. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/04/AR2007100401666.html
I mean come on people!!! No fame, acknowledgment, or $$ is worth being a poser who can’t perform naturally. What a joke!! Anyone who chooses to cross the ethical boundary of using some form of performance-enhancing drug is a liar and a cheat and doesn’t deserve the honor of even competing against those who have shed real blood, sweat and tears to get to where they’re at.
Anyone Can Pledge & Every Athlete Should!
I was impressed with the thoroughness of different pledges available on the Clean Sport Collective website. Even student athletes, amateurs, and healthcare providers can pledge. The company doesn’t seem out for money as it is a non-profit. Clean mission, clean sport.
I’ve decided to attach links below for each of the pledges and the Clean Sport Collective website. I highly encourage you to check it out and to consider taking a less passive stance on the topic. Thank you for hearing me out!!