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Van der Burgh Admits Cheating to Win Olympic Gold: Would You Cheat?

Fef 2012/08/08 19:32:37
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The phrase, "everyone's doing it" has a new meaning at the Olympics this year. No, not drugs or doping. Not texting or tweeting either. Cheating. Everybody cheats, according to South African gold medal-winning breaststroker Cameron van der Burgh.

Van der Burgh won the gold in the 100m breaststroke and set a world record time doing it. Underwater video shows Van der Burgh taking three dolphin kicks at the start of the event before surfacing, which the violates rules set by Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA). FINA's website has very clear rules about kicking under section "SW 7 BREASTSTROKE."

Van de Burgh argues that if he doesn't cheat, he will lose because everyone else cheats. ‘‘If you’re not doing it, you’re falling behind. It’s not obviously - shall we say - the moral thing to do, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my personal performance and four years of hard work for someone that is willing to do it and get away with it,’’ van der Burgh said.

FINA does not allow reviewing the underwater video footage, which means nobody can contest the underwater kicks.

Would you cheat to remain competitive in the Olympics?


Read More: http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/swimming-london-201...

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  • mikeeonly 2012/08/09 04:07:37
    Not Cheat
    mikeeonly
    +1
    never compromise you principals
  • Tony Cicarella 2012/08/09 03:39:24
    Not Cheat
    Tony Cicarella
    I don't have enough athleticism to win even if I did cheat.
  • Shadow_Wolf 2012/08/08 23:04:29
    Cheat
    Shadow_Wolf
    In the Olympics no, but I will cheat if I need to not because I want to.
  • foy49 2012/08/08 22:44:56
    Not Cheat
    foy49
    Depends on the game, and the opponent.
  • Sgt Major B 2012/08/08 22:37:46
    Not Cheat
    Sgt Major B
    So much for integrity in amateur sports.
  • Shadow_... Sgt Maj... 2012/08/08 23:03:29
    Shadow_Wolf
    the Olypmipic in no way is an ametuer sport. (At least it wasn't a long time ago) If you lost they might have killed you, not in the soft U.S. though.
  • gocar 2012/08/08 21:35:38
    Not Cheat
    gocar
    +1
    We would , of course like for people not to cheat but the Olympics long ago stopped being just sports. You have to be able to afford the training it takes to get there and once you win it's all about how much it is worth in endorsements etc.
  • Huki68 2012/08/08 21:00:14
    Not Cheat
    Huki68
    no
  • unicorn_lady1 2012/08/08 20:31:00
    Not Cheat
    unicorn_lady1
    They should not have unenforceable rules.
  • Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩ 2012/08/08 20:26:04
    Not Cheat
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    Strip the medal from him - if it's proven that "everyone" else in the race cheated, throw it away - that's all it's worth.
  • Bronar 2012/08/08 20:18:32
    Not Cheat
    Bronar
    Did I not totally finish my paperwork before I went and got a number at the DMV just now, that's cheating, but the Olympics, no.

    The rules should be enforced.
  • Aidan_Bannanarama_Rowlands c: 2012/08/08 20:15:43
    Not Cheat
    Aidan_Bannanarama_Rowlands c:
    depends what the chances of getting caught were.
  • Rocky 2012/08/08 20:10:08
    Not Cheat
    Rocky
    +1
    Isn't the Olympics supposed to be special and not clouded!! How dare these people do this!
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/08/08 19:55:21
    Not Cheat
    nightcrawler2005
    +1
    Sorry I just couldn't do it. I'd spend the rest of my life looking at that medal knowing full well I didn't earn it fare and square. To him and all the others that cheated I think they had better check their moral compass a bit and I feel sorry for them.
  • RoyDMercer - IFOTFD 2012/08/08 19:51:56
    Not Cheat
    RoyDMercer - IFOTFD
    +2
    Here is my question, Fef.....If it is a rule that you can't do it, why can they not enforce it? I say if it cannot be enforced, remove it from the rule book. That's like sending me to Hooters and making it a rule that I can look at 1 and only 1 pair of those little orange shorts with all the nice curves in them. Not gonna happen....
  • Cookielane 2012/08/08 19:50:52
    Not Cheat
    Cookielane
    +1
    I could never feel good about a win if i had to cheat to achieve it. What's the point of competition if everyone's cheating?
  • the fuze 2012/08/08 19:47:12
    Not Cheat
    the fuze
    +1
    I don't care if "everyone's doing it" I can't very well call out a cheater if I'm willing to do it myself. Not that I would call out a cheater, if you cheat, you know what you did.

    It's called integrity.
  • Dayna_king 2012/08/08 19:45:44
    Not Cheat
    Dayna_king
    +1
    To cheat in any way is to to say "I am not good enough so I have to cheat to get close to winning".
  • Fef Dayna_king 2012/08/08 20:15:42
    Fef
    But what of everyone else cheated?
  • Dayna_king Fef 2013/02/13 19:34:49
    Dayna_king
    Then still don't cheat and when it comes out (and it will) that everyone else cheated to beat you, it will be known that you are the best.
  • Rubyking 2012/08/08 19:42:02
    Not Cheat
    Rubyking
    +1
    but if his competitors were significantly faster than it wouldn't have mattered
  • 3052457 2012/08/08 19:37:33

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