Yannick Noah today launched an astonishing attack on Spanish tennis and sport in general, accusing the leading Spanish sportsmen and teams of taking “the magic potion”. The former French Open champion wrote on his column in Le Monde, eventually suggesting that doping should simply be accepted and all players free to do it.
Take a look at what he had to say under the cut.
“Today, sport is a bit like Cycling at the Olympic Games: If you don’t have the magic potion, it is difficult to win. And here it seems they were the lucky ones who fell in the pot,” he wrote. “How can a nation dominate the sport both overnight?”.
On the Eufemiano Fuentes case: ” In Spain there was the ‘index case’, the biggest doping scandal in the history, and became ‘shhh’. Most doctor’s Spanish customers were saved. Maybe because, there, sport plays an important role and its heroes are more protected than in other places.”
Noah insists that can not be coincidence that the Spanish sporting success, “Have you discovered training techniques or training and training facilities than anyone had previously imagined? I searched and found recorded or documented any of these innovations.” There is only one possible explanation: “The magic potion”.
His grand solution to doping: “Let’s stop the hypocrisy. The best policy is to accept doping. And everyone has the magic potion. Of course we must respect the presumption of innocence, but that no one be fooled,” said Contador on the case .
(badly translated from Marca.com)
Now, it’s one thing not to bury your head in the sand, believing that tennis and all sports are clean of doping and drugs in 2011. But this? The only explanation for this ludicrous ramble is that Noah himself was high on weed when he wrote it. For one, putting the domination of the Spanish in football down to doping makes absolutely no sense as many from the Spanish national team are based abroard, while the domestic La Liga is dominated by players
And as for tennis, only one Spaniard has won a slam for years. There may be many in the top 100, but the rest of them are either too small, too stupid (*coughdasco*) or too busy looking at themselves in the mirror to do anything noteworthy. Thus, if these inane accusations from Noah are true and the Spanish authorities are behind some doping conspiracy, they’re not really doing a good job of it, are they?
I think it’s time for Noah to put down the pipe, the paranoia and probably the pen also, as he has embarrassed himself enough.