“… last spring, as Frank Shorter sat before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, he was the voice of elite, drug-free athletes everywhere, pleading for a level playing field. More than that, he was the former chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a Yale- educated entrepreneur who believed then and believes now that the model exists for cleaning up sports, if only sports will adopt it….

‘We value sport in our society because it builds character and promotes teamwork, dedication and commitment,’ Shorter testified that day. ‘Sport requires honesty and respect for the rules and fellow competitors. It leaves a legacy of health that can last a lifetime. Sport brings communities together, it creates role models for our kids and it inspires dreams. These are all reasons why sport occupies a special place in our schools and in our society at large. When athletes enhance their performance by doping, it is cheating of the worst kind and it undermines all of these important values of sport. When an athlete is successful through doping it sends a clear message to all athletes – the new price of achieving your dreams is compromising your integrity and risking your health. Athletes who perform outstanding physical feats through doping make sport nothing more than another circus act unworthy of any place in our schools or our social fabric.’ …”


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