Brian Clay Responds to Victor Conte
by: Brian Clay
December 4, 2004
**Originally posted on letsrun.com
In response to Victor Conte’s statements made on the 20/20 segment I would like to express how disgusted I am. I am not disputing the supposed facts that Mr. Conte released about administering drugs to Marion Jones and others. I am not qualified to say weather or not they are true, as I have no personal involvement with any of the parties mentioned. What I am very disgusted about is Mr. Conte’s opinion on the state of drug use in the sport of track and field. Conte claims that all the athletes in track and field are dirty. This is simply not true. I am not naïve. I am aware that there are cheats in our sport, but to make the statement that “the Olympics are a Fraud” is absolutely absurd. In my entire career in track and field, I have never taken drugs. I have never considered taking drugs, and I have never been propositioned to go on drugs. I have never even had the first idea as to how I would access performance-enhancing drugs.
The majority of athletes in our sport are of the same frame of mind as myself. Clean and ethical athletes are the massive majority in track and field. These are the athletes that strive for a clean sport, and disassociate themselves with anyone that is remotely connected to drug scandals or drug suspicions. Mr. Conte unfortunately has a very skewed perspective on the state of drug use in the sport, and doesn’t see that most track and field athletes do not suffer from the same lack of integrity that he does.
Conte then goes on to say that the athletes he gave drugs to were not cheating because they were just “leveling the playing field”, and that they “had no choice”. I have never heard a more ridiculous statement. Of course these athletes are cheating, and absolutely these athletes have a choice. I choose hard work, and proper training as the only way to achieve success and so does almost every athlete across the globe.
Olympic Silver Medalist-Decathlon