Should athletes be tested?

2016-09-05 06:00

With the influx of arguments from all over the globe about unfair testing of athletes in sport, especially in women, one has to ask the question… Is it worth it?  New studies have shown that some women may have considerably higher testosterone levels than others. They argue that these women should not be classified as non-female, but “unlucky”, because of their genetic predisposition. 

Then of course there is the issue with intersex female athletes.  Many people don’t know or care that these intersex women would have unnaturally high testosterone levels due to their internal ‘testes.’  But does it constitute producing the same levels as a man who on average has 10 x higher levels than its female counterparts?

The current ruling in athletics is that intersex women can compete if they can prove that their receptors are androgen resistant.  Androgen is the hormone that makes men strong, fast, grow beards, be aggressive etc.  Unfortunately for these intersex women athletes, it doesn’t matter whether they have their internal ‘testes' removed or can prove that their receptors are androgen resistant, because they would already have had a huge advantage over any normal born female athlete.  This is due to the development of the individual from childhood into adulthood.

Growing up with male hormones in a womans’ body would have obvious advantages to the physical potential of the individual.  Combine this with years of training and the result will be exactly what it is.  A male in female form…  The results are everlasting.  The evidence can clearly be seen in how the intersex women are built and their masculine facial features.  Once muscle growth has been established by this process in women it is easily maintained by proper diet and regular exercise.

The misconception about steroid use is that it is a wonder drug that makes you superhuman, overnight.  Male athletes who use steroids, do so to establish new peaks once their performance has reached a plateau.  These periods of steroid use in men are only temporarily useful, as the body can only hold the excess hormones as long as the half-lives of the hormones allows.  The only way to stay at high levels is to continuously use the chosen steroid, but even this has its downside.  The receptors become saturated by the dosage and more of the steroid needs to be injected or ingested to maintain the same result of positive nitrogen balance in the muscle.  The excess testosterone also causes the body to try and counteract the imbalance by producing Estrogen.  If not properly controlled, this could have the opposite effect on the person.  Some side-effects include crying for no reason, excess fat storage, hardening of the nipples to name but a few.

The downfall for men is that they have already reached their natural testosterone peak in their early twenties and it just goes downhill from there.  It is a scientific fact that hormone levels reduce drastically after 30- and even more so after 40 years of age in men.

In women, once they start playing around with male hormones the change is a drastic one.  Increased facial hair, increased libido, enlarged clitoris, deepening of the voice, oily skin and hair, pimples and of course the only desired result in sports, increased muscle mass and aggressiveness.  If steroids are used for long periods of time by women, these side-effects become permanent.  Testosterone has the opposite result in men, as the male body returns to its original testosterone levels with proper post course treatment.

This brings us to the point of how they can justify it unfair for women who have higher testosterone levels, to be excluded from competing with other normal Testosterone leveled women?

Would it be acceptable to the pro activists, to have Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, an Olympic Gold medalist in Decathlon for men, compete with women just because he had a sex change?  Same difference, don’t you think?  Although he is a woman now, he is still in essence a man and he proved that he could compete with the best of them.

The answer is simple.  If you test higher than your peers you are not a normal woman in the strict sense of the word and should be classified as such.  Is it not more unfair to the majority of female athletes who have normal levels to compete against women who have a mans’ testosterone levels, than it is to let the ‘unlucky’ ones compete with unfair advantage?

Another option of course would be to not test athletes at all.  After-all, sport is no longer a passion or a hobby, as it was in years passed, but merely a driving force for money under the cover of entertainment.   I for one, don’t watch sport anymore.  What is the point?  Most athletes are clearly cheating at International level.  It is not a question of using steroids anymore, it is more a question of what steroid and how much.  It has become a required necessity to be one of the elites in modern day sport.  If steroid use is to be allowed, the individuals with the most natural potential would win anyhow.

I say don’t test them anymore...  Let them make a spectacle of themselves.

After all… that is what entertainment is about, isn’t it?

Follow me on twitter: Neil Holtshausen@HoltshausenNeil

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