Heads shaking in disapproval and the look of disappointment from so many who believed it was possible to not only last 14 years in a competitive sport arena but to reign supreme with 7 Tour de France titles.
Lance ‘was’ a source of inspiration for professional athletes from all walks of sports. He was admired and respected for his personal grit as well as his professional achievements.
Lance Armstrong’s confession and indictment is another case in sports history where performance enhancing methods/ drugs rears its ugly head. This deviated path followed by many striving and established sports professionals to enhance their careers has almost always ended in a forever tarnished image of them as weak and beaten against that have fallen stars
Every such incident, and there have more than a few disillusionments in the world of sport raises a pressing question – Is living up to a Herculean task more important that reveling in genuine achievement?
Why set ourselves up for failure?
Has sport become so competitive that we would forsake genuine pleasure for facile records, give up simple pleasures of childhood for harsh and draconian training methods? A recent article in the guardian spoke of schools for active young sports enthusiasts and rigorous training
What are we chasing to achieve? Shouldn’t decrease our belief in our own achievements when the ground we wish to stand on is nothing more than a quagmire?