The Star Athlete
The February morning looked gray and drizzly through my window
So why would I venture out? It would surely rain cats and dogs. . But then it was time to catch up with my training. Any athlete worth his salt trains cum rain or sunshine.
After all who does not like to win the Marathon. Rather why should I lose out on training that much harder, to overwhelm the others
Don’t get me wrong. Today a person will use any means to win a medal even by dubious means.So why should I not train honestly to win , or be ahead on my training.
Despite the downcast weather, I forayed out into the gray weather.
Next moment I saw a fellow athlete lying unconscious by the roadside He seemed to be frothing at the mouth. Diverse thoughts strayed through my mind Either he had an epileptic fit due to congenital epilepsy, or he had a seizure due to some dope being administered for enhanced performance.
This is the story of the star that fell. Peter was tipped to win the marathon based on his recent timings which were much faster than any other. All along I doubted his sudden good timings in recent meets.
Now was crunch time. I lifted him up and took him to my cabin; called the doctor . He drove down in quick time. Dr.Sombre seemed to know Peter’s ailment and helped to revive him
However he remained quiet on this matter, and passed it on as if it was of little consequence.
Much as Peter was my rival, I was concerned about his seizure. On persistent questioning he revealed that his doctor was well aware of the latest methods of doping and had been
administering this substance to improve his performance. Peter realised this was serious and
that more than winning, his very life was on the line .
Peter decided to start afresh. No more dope but from now he , would live on hope and a prayer . Even though winning still seemed important to him, now the now the means to achieve
victory was even more important.
So ” forgetting the things behind we strive towards the goal”
…The most important of all ….The Crown of life which awaits each of us who run the race of life with great fortitude and courage.