Robert Herbst Blog
As a Team Leader in the Rio Olympic’s anti-doping program (through WADA), I was able to contribute to the Report, helping to ensure fair competition and protect the integrity of the Olympic Games.
I sat with a Kazakhstani 69 kg welterweight boxer. With an Olympic gold medal in his hands and a gash over his right eye, he told me, “Dreams do come true.” Nothing more needed to be said.
Arriving in Rio de Janeiro to help with drug testing at the Olympics, I am reminded of Khatmandu, Nepal and Columbo, Sri Lanka. In each city there is a unique mixture of grandeur and decay.
What can we do for the Olympic athletes who came in fourth place, when the medalists were later found to have used banned substances to enhance performance?
I am planning my powerlifting training routine around my schedule as a drug testing supervisor at the Rio Olympics. I will be readying myself to compete in the World Championships.