My participation in sport completed years ago ('96 Olympic Silver, Former World-Record Holder, Swimming), but the Olympic movement is still close to my heart. I competed against many doping athletes during my reign as one of the world's best swimmers and, as a young athlete, I was devastated to become aware of the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of policing for and enforcing anti-doping violations. The IOC is currently attempting to provide a solution to this problem by forming the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA). The formation, structure, and processes of the ITA needs to be transparent to athletes and the public. As does any donation (the ITA is being set up as a non-profit). Additionally, the IOC needs to ensure that the process to elect athlete representatives is available to all Olympic athletes across all nations, not just in theory but in practice as well. Overall, the process to protect clean sport needs to be more democratized and transparent.
I believe the Olympic movement needs a newly-formed, non-IOC administered and funded policing force to enforce anti-doping standards prescribed in the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code. I propose that this is structured and implemented by joint efforts between an athlete union representing all Olympic athletes (willing and interested former and current athletes) and WADA. And funded by National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport. I don't believe there will be enough change unless the IOC is removed from the process. Sponsor dollars and other interests the IOC needs to protect present a conflict of interest.
In addition to being a proponent of clean sport, I'm also a founding member of AOTO and the Al Oerter Foundation - both organizations of Olympians and Paralympians who promote the Olympic Ideals - integrity, character, respect, honor, and work ethic - through educational programs. I live and work in San Francisco, CA.
An article by Ben Jervey in GOOD magazine about clean athletes competing against steroids.
Article by Michael Moynihan of the Irish Examiner talking about the Rio Games.
An interview by David Reider of Swimming World about anti-doping efforts and the role of athletes.
This article written by Karen Crouse in the New York Times published about Shirley Babashoff, Olympic Swimmer of the Munich and Montreal Games.