The blame game

Daily debates about the ongoing doping controversy continue to abound, with experts and busybodies alike attempting to lay the blame on political and sporting figures, to shed light upon the Kenteris-Thanou-Tzekos affair, and to analyze the shortcomings of the system which produces and promotes «stars» in Greek athletics. Some of those publicly analyzing the particulars of the case are trying to «paper over the cracks» or to selectively attribute blame to specific institutions and individuals from the political or sporting worlds. Meanwhile, others are daring enough to speak soberly, describing the real state of affairs without trying to point the finger of blame in a particular direction. One of these is Stratos Molyvas, former president of the Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS), who stressed during a television debate on Thursday that «no one had been doing their job,» adding: «This system has been convenient for years and now we are paying for it. The last people to blame are the athletes.» It seems that the reality of the situation is encompassed in these few words. The selective allocation of responsibility by former and current sporting officials has only one aim – to conceal the truth. But the words of Molyvas express the opinion of the majority of Greek citizens on this matter. So, those who are trying to conceal anything in this whole affair are only deceiving themselves…

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