Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, marking perhaps one of the most dramatic instances of an athlete’s fall from glory. The cycling icon announced he would no longer fight the drug charges that have stained his legacy, charges that Armstrong has vehemently denied. The question still remains did he use doping or is he simply a case of sportsman fed up with the allegations.Its hurts us more because in some corner of our heart we used to view him as an idol , merely because of the fact that he fought cancer and then come back like a hero to win consecutive Tour-de-France.
As a matter of fact doping has existed from the time when sports itself started its existence.Ancient Olympic athletes attempted to boost testosterone by eating sheep testicles, a prime source for testosterone; they also used hashish, cola plants, cactus-based stimulants and fungi with varying success. The ﬁrst-documented case of doping is in 1865, when Dutch swimmers used stimulants. In the late 19th century, European cyclists used a variety of drugs, including Vin Mariani, a cocaine-laced wine used to alleviate the pain and exhaustion.
During the 1904 Olympics, American track star Thomas Hicks was given a large glass of strychnine, brandy and egg whites. Due to the lack of regulations in the early games, Hicks’ gold remained his own, however, he immediately retired and never raced again. (Apparently, strychnine can have that effect on people.)