This business with Simone Biles brings up a question. Should athletes be allowed to use any form of drugs ? ...The lesser-reported more conspiracy-oriented story is based around whether she has been unable to perform at her usual standard because she has not been taking the Methylphenidate/Ritalin that she uses to control her ADHC. Drugs that aid mental focus are potentially a great assistance to athletes, but exemptions are granted in many cases. There has been speculation--and the truth is unknown--that the drug is illegal in Japan and she's been suffering withdrawal.... (The above has been filched from another site.) But the point is that if she performs so well when taking the medication, but does not seem to be able to do so without it, where does this end ? Many will remember the bru haha when a notable cyclist was found to be taking a drug to help control his, I think, asthma. In that case, it was clear that without it he did not have the lung capacity to ride as he did. Is this not a form of cheating ? Biles appears to have demonstrated that her admittedly brilliant performances do appear to be at least partially dependent upon the medication. Put another way, she will probably beat competitors in countries that permit the use of it, but not in the countries where it is banned. Has to be chemical assistance, surely ?