Last week we shared some of the results from our January 2014 survey on the American public’s opinion of doping and sport. Some of the strongest responses came back on the subject of doping controls in the Olympics. Nine out of ten adults believe there needs to be more action taking against the use of performance-enhancing drugs at the Olympics, specifically. Seventy-five percent of the survey respondents indicated they believe more stringent testing needs to be in place.
As of today, three Olympic hopefuls have been caught doping just before the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Two Russian and one Lithuanian biathletes failed their drug tests and were disqualified in the last week of January. It has been reported that the Sochi doping controls have been structured to be the most stringent of all the previous Olympiads.
We’ve created a simple illustration of the doping controls for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which will reportedly test at least 2,453 samples of blood and urine from athletes, before and during the Olympics.
So what do you think? With the promise of more intensive testing, will you enjoy the Olympics more this year, or will you be one of the 51% of U.S. adults who told us that the Olympics are less enjoyable because of the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the athletes?