Forgive my rant (no, I have never done drugs and I do not advocate people using PEDS)...............Honestly, as a former track and field athlete myself (4-time All American with Alabama and UTEP) I can honestly say that systematic doping in sports is pretty much equivalent to an student/academician/researcher regularly popping a pill to stay awake for studying/researching/presenting data more efficiently (or in the case of the classical musician: ingesting B-blockers to calm down prior to a classical music recital). Happens all the time and noone really seems to frown upon it. I also find it hilarious that Joe Schmoe can enjoy a testosterone injection legally to enhance his sex-drive or to counteract the aging process without any legal action (hey, he gets the chicks and I don't. Clearly unfair competitive advantage wouldn't you agree? He will live longer, be happier, earn more money etc). It reeks of hypocrisy.
So the question is if athletes are being held to higher standards? Yes. Also, are athletes holding themselves (and especially their competitors) to higher standards than in other human endeavors? Yes. Why should athletes be held to a higher standard than researchers competing for a federal grant for example? Nobody really cared that the guy that invented PCR (polymerase chain reaction) was high while driving (if I remember correctly) when coming up with this revolutionary idea that have brought the world a lot of good and millions and millions of $ to himself!
Let me break it to you: Whether you are talking about academics/research, sports, or rocket science, there is no level playing field to begin with. Just being born in a different social setting/culture puts us at a distinct advantage or disadvantage. You guys (and I) got nice scholarships, free food, athletic clothing, and medical backup in the US. In 3rd world countries they don't even have tracks to run on! This is an unfair advantage to say the least. Fair sports is a myth to begin with. But, if we want to throw blame somewhere, you have to agree that the most immoral people surely must be the privileged American (or Swede) that gets caught for doping. I don't know about the GDP of Spain, but my point is that the general population (and athletes) care way too much about small matters and are too quick to point fingers and fellow sportsmen/sportswomen.
I am wiser nowadays and can put things in a better perspective. Cesar trained drug-free as far as I know while at UTEP and was an inspiration for many of the walk-ons [of course throwers were and will continue to be the real stars at UTEP :-)]. He was also hardworking in the classroom and a nice guy to be around. I truly don't care if he did steroids or not. I really don't care if I lost my NCAA championship in 1996, 1998, and 2000 or an Olympic spot to drug-abusing competitors. We are talking about very small matters on a grand scale. Can I be so bold and say that we probably should set doping free and the money that are being spent on doping prevention (tests and education) should be allocated to starved Africans so they can eat? Sports on a level playing field is a myth anyway.