5 infamous dope cheats in Olympics history you need to know about
There might be conspiracy theories floating around Narsingh Pancham Yadav, as many claim that the wrestler from India was a victim of internal sabotage within the WFI itself. The same can be said of shot putter Inderjeet Singh who has also tested positive for the use of an anabolic steroid after an ad-hoc round of testing by the National Anti-Doping agency.
The shotput athlete from Punjab has claimed that this is part of a conspiracy to keep him shut. Indeed, Inderjeet has been vocal against the Athletics Federation of India’s inability to provide proper infrastructure for its athletes. So whether or not, these scandals are simply clumsiness from the part of the athletes or a larger conspiracy theory is for another time.
However, as the nation is still reeling under the doping scandal that has struck the Indian contingent over the last week or so, it should be remembered that this is not the first case of doping violation in the history of the Olympic games. Quite a few infamous and rather familiar international names have been associated with doping over the years.
Here's a look at the most prominent of them:
#1 Marion Jones (USA)
The American sprinter and long jumper was the star of the 2000 Sydney games claiming 5 Medals (3 Golds & 2 Bronzes), becoming the first athlete ever to do so in a single Olympiad.
There was suspicion surrounding the athlete’s prowess, however, as the American’s husband and athlete CJ Hunter had tested positive of the use of steroids. In 2007, the American admitted to the use of performance enhancers during the Sydney Games. The Athlete was given a 6-month sentence for lying to the federal agents and later stripped of her Olympic medals.