It was a while ago now but there was a TV advert for butter where an inquiring young mind asked his Mum what was Butter made from to be told Cream from a pasture fed cow and a little salt. child then asked what was Margarine made from, Oh go ask your Dad he's the chemist.
The quadrennial Olympic circus starts in a few days and I simply do not care any more as the first person a competitor needs on their team is a freakin chemist.
Now performers need to have every advantage to win and diet, hydration, fitness and every aspect of preparation must come together to prevail.
Sheesh how many NZ watchers were convinced when that Ukranian Lardo beat Valerie Adams four years ago, there was as much visual evidence for anyone with a passing interest to suspect it was a crock. Either the dumb bitch was too tight to have a chemist available or he/she /it was a moronic retard.
World anti doping agency released a report recently that put the microscope on, in particular the Russian Federation.
Now their findings did not center on incompetence, idiocy, naivety or rat cunning by individuals it laid out a compelling case against a systematic national construct to have Russian competitors indulging in performance enhancing substances and a massive state enabling coverup that included the Russian security services up to their smelly hairy armpits in full on assistance during the Sochi Winter Olympics, even detailing their systems and actions.
Today when the IOC could have made a difference and stepped away from the scandalous behaviours we have witnessed from FIFA and other corrupt outfits that have tarnished almost all top level international sports administrations it was just another cop out
Did they do what was right, hell no they side stepped it and caved into Vlad the Exhaler, and the cacophony of very loud voices of sponsors.
I am an undisguised sceptic and I struggle to accept that Jamaica with its population just over half NZ's can field a formidable men's 400 metre relay team that can defeat the US with its access to the same genetics and in far greater numbers.
So to the grand egoes of the IOC and I include our very own Mike Stanley in that, you have no balls so retrieve them and bugger off, leave the space for people who can and must get the place cleaned up.
History is littered with mugs who thought they could survive drug abuse in their search for Olympic Gold and died doing it.