Court Says Athletes Can Be Drug Tested At Anytime, Anywhere

You got to protect the logo who cares about the performer?



It is almost time for the 2018 South Korea Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony complete with gala pageantry that shows off everything good about the Olympic movement. But the ceremony is just a show with the athletes used as smiling props. It seems the International Olympic Committee thinks that every one of those smiling contracted athletes is guilty of using illegal drugs or in the Olympics vernacular cheating until proven otherwise with drug testing. And that drug testing can come at anytime, anywhere. The people who make a living a carrying urine cup to get a sample can interrupt an athlete having dinner with friends or bang on a door at the athlete’s home at 3 in the morning asking for a urine sample. It doesn’t violate any human rights. A European court said so.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the testing system does not infringe on the freedoms of athletes and it is in the public interest to have doping-free sports. In a way the public should have the right to know because local taxpayers are footing the bill for big international sports events whether it is in Rio or South Korea. The court upheld a private business’s right to drug test anytime, anywhere because of the where abouts rule that went into effect in 2004 as part of the World Anti-Doping Code The European court heard a case brought by four-time Olympic cycling medalist Jeannie Longo and a group of French national sport unions that claimed the where abouts rule violated Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights emphasizing “respect for private and family life”. Athletes have to tell sports organizers where they are when the sports organizers want to test them. The sports organizers don’t really care about anyone’s health just their sports fiscal health and protecting the logo which makes money.