Cheating and doping in the Olympic Games is strictly prohibited by the IOC, tarnishes the end goal of providing a fair and even playing field for sport, and is absolutely unacceptable.
As I wrote about in my book - My Olympic Life - the IOC oversees a program where drug samples from competitors are kept for years, even after competition takes place, and testing is done on a randomized and ongoing basis. Athletes who are caught cheating can have their awards retroactively stripped from them.
What also gives me Deja Vu in this case is that the steroid drug detected from this athlete is STANOZOLOL - the exact same chemical that came up in another case of doping which I was involved with decades ago at the '88 Seoul Games.
History doesn't necessarily repeat itself, but it sure can rhyme.
Here's an interesting French language article with a bit of Olympic history in it. I also had the opportunity to be interviewed and contribute to the article. Though in French, it translates very nicely with Google. Check it out!
The Coronavirus is no joke - I am wishing Madi a thorough and swift recovery, and congratulate her once again on her Gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games!
‘I Love Representing the US’: Gold Medal Winner Tamyra Mensah-Stock Goes Viral After Professing Love for Country
Was absolutely thrilled to see Tamyra Mensah-Stock's positivity and victory at the Tokyo Games. She is one shining example of the best the Olympic Games brings out of athletes: hard work, sportsmanship, and gratitude. Congratulations, Tamyra, and go USA!
Had an interview with NBC concerning my thoughts of the situation concerning the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hope you find it informative!
Had lots of fun with the team at Vanity Fair - where I reviewed several sports films from the perspective of an Olympian. Take a look and let me know of your opinions as well!
Fifteen months after its postponement, the Tokyo Olympics are set to kick off amid a COVID state of emergency for Japan's capital and fans banned from attending, financial pressure to push forward and potential punishment for any athletes involved in protests or demonstrations during the sporting event. It’s already become clear that these Olympics Games will be unlike any others in the past, but organizers have said they are determined to move forward. Global Translations author Ryan Heath was in conversation with Anita DeFrantz, First Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), about what’s at stake in the Tokyo Olympics as a global health crisis, sports and politics all come to a head.
Anita Interviewed with ESPN - On the Topic of Politics on the Podium, Boycotts, China, and Much More.
My position concerning politics on the podium has been always consistent: there are many venues, opportunities, and locales for political protests. The podium of the Olympic Games is not one of them.
I had a very interesting debate and interview with the conservative talk show host, Jesse Lee Peterson, where we went into all kinds of fascinating topics: from the Olympic Games, to transgender athletes, civil rights, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, and the equality of men and women. I didn't agree with Jesse (and his audience) on so many of his positions, but it was still plenty of fun and as I always say, no matter young or old, it's important to keep an open mind since we're always in learning mode as students on this journey called life. So, if you want to watch this spirited debate and hopefully have a few laughs as well, I'm linking to the full video and show. Enjoy!
I'm happy to have been invited to deliver the keynote speech for Host City Americas 2021, which took place on June 29th.
I was thrilled to participate in Host City Americas, as they are a forum supporting many of the same values and ideals that I do: one of which, is a call to the return of normalcy after the world suffered a highly challenging 2020. I believe one of the ways the world can unite and come together once again is through our shared appreciation and enjoyment of sports events, athletic competition, and fair and free play. Enjoy!
Host City #HCAM2021
LINK TO THE SPEECH: https://youtu.be/MbjT85zARjk