Although sport should demonstrate chivalrous qualities, often more and more we are witnesses of various cheats that happen in sport. Ever growing influence of money in sport competition, sport became real business. Where there is business there are cheats. Before sport was played because of dignity, love and rivalry, today however we are witnesses that there qualities are less dominant.
We all remember “God’s hand” of Maradona from the World championship in 1986 in the duel between Argentina and England, and from recent past we remember scandalous affair with bicyclist ace Lance Armstrong. Does money influence sport cheats and in what amount, remains for you to judge and comment and we are bringing you a list of greatest sport cheats in recent history for which you probably did not know because cheats happen even in less popular and for us unknown sports.
10BEN JOHNSON – 1988
Ben Johnson won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and set a new world record, striped of his medal after testing positive for banned steroid stanozolol.
09DIEGO MARADONA - 1986
Maradona was a football star who punched the ball into the opposing team´s net. His “Hand of god” goal helped Argentina beat England 2-1 at the World Cup.
08DORA RATJEN -1936
Completed at the 1936 Olympics and set world record for women´s high jump in 1938. Actually it was a man called Horst who had strapped up his genitals.
07FINE COTTON – 1984
Betting scandal where a horse was secretly swapped for a stand –in, who won. The substitute horse had to be painted to look the – The paint ran.
06BORIS ONISHENKO – 1976
Boris was pentathlete who wired his fencing sword to register a hit whenever he wanted. He was disqualified after scoring points without hitting opponents.
05THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX – 1919
Eight White Sox players conspired to deliberately lose the World Series for money. All eight were banned from baseball for life.
04FRED LORZ – 1904
Fred was runner, who came home first in the 1904 Olympics marathon. He was disqualified after he was found to have covered 11 miles in a car.
03NENCE ARMSTRONG – 2011
Cyclist charged with doping and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Had all results since 1998 disqualified by the US anti-doping agency.
02TONYA HARDING – 1994
Tonya is a figure skater whose ex-husband organized an attack on Harding´s rival, Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya tried to cover up the assault and was given 3 years probation.
01SPANISH PARALYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM – 2000
Spanish basketballs took gold at the 2000 games in the intellectually disable category. Ten of twelve players actually head no disability – the medals were returned.