Drugs testing in sports is farcical
- By: Bhavesh Gohil
Just as everyone thought that thought the Riogate saga was finally over, I decided that we should actually think about what actually happened and what it really means. The bare facts are that Rio Ferdinand missed a routine drug test and was then banned from football for eight months and fined £50,000 ($90 700; €75 000) as punishment.
Without going into too much details of the now infamous day, I agree that although he was wrong to have missed or “forgotten” to take the drugs test, because he was moving house, it seems that the punishment does not fit the crime.
Ferdinand seems to have been made a scapegoat, and the punishment therefore seems inconsistent. The other point, which I feel outraged about is that Ferdinand was publicly named and shamed-surely this was huge breach of his confidentiality. And to top it off he had been dropped from squad to