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The open secret of doping in sport


Technician carries tray of test tubes at Winter Olympics’ anti-doping laboratory in San Luigi hospitalBalazs Koranyi was an Olympic semi-finalist at the 1996 and 2000 Games for Hungary and since 2004 has been a Budapest-based correspondent, covering mainly political and business news. He will cover the Beijing Games for Reuters. 

I was first offered performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, after breaking the Hungarian 800-metre record and making the European championship finals.

Doping in sports is less hidden than many people think. Everyone suspects drug use is widespread, but what they see less is how athletes treat the subject as a regular, everyday part of the game.

In my five years on the international athletics circuit, I ran into the issue time and again, and had to make some tough choices.