Let's save it. Let's ante up the big money and the will to make the recently established World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) a vast, independent guardian angel of the Games, a drug-detecting body that tests out of competition, all over the world, all year around, and adjudicates the appeals process in no more than five weeks. Let's replace Juan Antonio Samaranch when his term ends next July with an IOC president strong enough to say that the Olympics are the world's party and any country or federation that cares to come must play by the same harsh set of rules. The new law for every athlete: One positive drug test, and you're gone. No more Olympics, ever. One positive, and any world record you ever set goes poof! from the books. One positive, and any Olympic medal you ever won vanishes too, with a new one bestowed on the athlete you cheated. Bestowed, mind you, in front of the world, with the anthem playing and the flag rising, even if it's at the Olympics four years later. Not tucked away where nearly no one sees it, as the IOC thoughtlessly did in Sydney when it stripped gold from the drugged Bulgarian and quietly slipped it to American weightlifter Tara Nott. Let's do it. Let's celebrate each positive drug test as a victory, rather than a defeat, and applaud the IOC for finally beginning to crack down.
Let's hope the old man's wrong when he says that Athens in 2004 is likely to be the last time he'll run at the Games.