“Doping is a problem,” said World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. “I think we can win battles, but I question whether we can ever win the war.” Indeed, there is much ground to be made up in the fight against doping in sport.
When Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that his premiership as the greatest cyclist in history had been underpinned by the use of banned substances, the fallout transcended cycling. Sport in general was forced to shine a light inwards on itself. Soccer was no exception, and appeared set for an Armstrong moment of its own. It was simply a matter of time, and for Eufemiano Fuentes, the man seen as the gatekeeper to a doping scandal in soccer, time was running out.