Frustrated legend Michael Phelps made a bold claim against the Olympics in 2017: ‘A system that protects clean sport’

Although everything looks so glorious on the outside, Michael Phelps, the 28-time Olympic medalist swimmer, made a huge effort to compete against players from different countries and age groups despite the lingering questions and difficult situations on the own image of the Olympic Games. Times may change and records may be broken, but Phelps will hold a legendary place in sports history. Touted as the greatest Olympian of all time, the Swimming GOAT is undoubtedly all-around champion material.

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Phelps’ phenomenal record speaks for itself. He has proven excellence in everything from maintaining a competition-worthy physique and intense training regimens to dealing with critics, skeptics and mental health issues. The swimming legend harnessed the power of his mind to stay focused and ultimately become the greatest of all time. During a hearing before a House Energy and Commerce panel a year after announcing his retirement, Phelps opened up about his disillusionment with the authenticity of the Olympics.

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Michael Phelps and his teammates found it unfair and difficult to compete against players who used drugs

Phelps is a strong advocate of an anti-doping system that ensures that sport is conducted on the basis of fair play. During the hearing, the swimming champion shared the story of his hard training to make himself invincible.

The discussion came amid the scandal over the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by Russian athletes. “I can’t describe how frustrating it is to watch other athletes break through performance barriers in unrealistic time frames knowing what I had to do to get through it. Phelps declared.

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Additionally, he expressed disappointment with the authenticity of the system. Also, he shared how insecure he was about the clean image of athletes in all the international competitions he participated in, including the Olympics. Phelps, who has devoted his entire life to the sport, probably felt, “To believe in yourself through sport, you have to be able to believe in a system that protects clean sport and fair play.

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The Phelps doping controversy

In 2009, in an expected turn of events, Phelps entered controversy after a leaked photo of him with a bang at a party went viral. It was revealed that Phelps used it for recreational purposes rather than to improve his performance. This brought him under fire from critics and had a huge impact on his own image. Phelps regretted this for several years until it seriously damaged his mental health.

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In 2014, he finally requested an intervention in a rehabilitation center. He dealt with all the accumulated issues, including his estranged relationship with his father. Today, as much as Phelps talks about swimming, he also emphasizes the importance of mental health. Interestingly, he’s also making great strides as a parent instilling the right habits to keep his sons’ mental health in the right spirit.

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