I was reading a running times article on the problems road races face in preventing dopers from winning money at their races. I was pleased to see this about Christian Hesch.
Frequent road race winner Christian Hesch admitted to doping in 2012 after a teammate found an empty EPO vial in his jacket. He says he is slowly paying back competitors whom he believes deserve to be compensated, and that his views on his transgressions have undergone an “evolution.” He believes that he should never be eligible for prize money again even though his suspension ended in 2014.
“I don’t feel like it’s fair for me to take $500 at a Podunk race,” Hesch said. “I had my opportunity to play the game correctly and I chose not to. You go intentionally down that road, you don’t get to be on a national team or get checks or a pair of shoes. You don’t get to stand on the podium.”
Contrast his stance to say Gatlin who still hasn't come clean about what happened to him and is raking in hundreds of thousands. If you server your time, I actually think people should be eligible for prize money (I just think the rules should be changed so intentional doping is a lifetime ban so then we wouldn't have to worry about it) but commend Hesch for his statement.