Ronaldo Angered by Repeat Drug Testing
Real Madrid’s soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo, was none to pleased when he was pulled aside after a recent game with Paris Saint Germain to have yet another drug test conducted by the Union of European Football Associations anti-doping committee.
Videos from the match have been shared around the world where a visibly flustered Ronaldo can be seen tossing his arms into the air, saying “Siempre yo…” or “Always me” a few times as he is ushered away for yet another of many urine drug tests to confirm that he has abstained from using performance enhancing drugs and other substances that are banned under the UEFA guidelines.
New UEFA Drug Testing Policy
The UEFA recently announced the intention to significantly ramp up the frequency at which they require players to submit to random drug tests as Euro 2016 in France quickly approaches. A statement from the Association was sent out in September regarding the implementation of the new process saying, “In advance of the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament, UEFA will conduct the largest per-tournament testing programme ever implemented. All players with the potential to be selected for participating teams will be subjected to testing from 1 January 2016 via UEFA’s annual programme.
The increase in drug tests isn’t waiting for 2016, though, as the statement went on to say that the “UEFA will kick off the 2015/16 season with the strongest anti-doping programme ever seen in European football. This includes the introduction of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s )WADA) steroidal biological passport to improve the identification of steroid use; a strengthening of rules related to team and player whereabouts; long term sample storage to permit the retrospective identification of prohibited substances; and a continuation of its comprehensive blood and urine in- and out-of-the competition testing programme.”
Retrospective Drug Testing Policy
The retrospective component is highly controversial. They are actually going to store the urine sample to wait for new tests to be developed down the road. Imagine if Ronaldo stays clean for the rest of his career, and 10 years from now they develop a new test that finds he took some performing enhancing drug that nobody could detect at the time. How would history treat him? Would he be stripped of his accomplishments?
So, it would appear the the UEFA is pretty committed to keeping the “doping statistics” low, which means that Ronaldo may have to get used to offering up a urine sample if he wants to maintain his title has the highest paid soccer player in the world as he reportedly brings in $22 million annually. It could be worse, right? Just pee in the cup, Ronaldo.