Rounds and Quarters

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Legacy of the Bloodgate Scandal

"I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. "

Bad news is that many athletes in sportswear uniforms will prefer to win by cheating than to loss with honor. Perfect example is the "bloodgate scandal" which Tom Williams, an English rugby union player who plays for Harlequins became well known. He normally plays at either full-back or on the wing. However his fame was brought by cheating.

What happened?

During the 2008–09 Heineken Cup quarter final against Leinster, Williams faked a blood injury to allow a tactical substitution to reintroduce Nick Evans leading to the bloodgate scandal.

What is "Bloodgate Scandal"?

It was so called because of the use of fake blood capsules, and has been seen by some as one of the biggest scandals in rugby since professionalisation in the mid 1990s, indeed even as an argument against the professional ethics.

The Result
This resulted in a 12 month ban for Williams, (reduced to four months on appeal), a three year ban for former director of rugby Dean Richards and a two year ban for physiotherapist Steph Brennan from the ERC as well as a £260,000 fine for the club.

I definitely agree. This scandal up till now menace the sports world. Cheating in sports marks not just the athlete but the team itself. Even Mark Evans, chief executive of Harlequin FC can say:
"You would be incredibly naive to think (the Bloodgate stigma) will ever disappear completely. Things like that don't. They become part of history and, like good or bad seasons, are woven into the fabric of any club." Many people says  that ‘If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying,’ but trying to cheat will lead to catastrophe just like what happen to "bloodgate". Still the end will never justifies the means.

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