In less than two months time, the eyes of the world will be firmly locked on Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic games. It is a three-week festival of athletic prowess and competition… and of course, the ever-looming asterisk of doping scandals that threaten the very integrity of the games.
On Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver devoted his deep dive to target the problems associated with the corrupt world of drug testing as it relates to world athletes. “Athletes are slipping through the cracks for a number of reasons,” noted the comedian, who highlighted the truly ridiculous lengths people have gone to in order to cover up steroid use in the past.
Due to variations in microdosing and masking agents that are able to hide banned substances, the world of doping in professional sports is seemingly more popular than ever. As the Last Week Tonight host says in the segment, “When you combine all the money incentivizing athletes to get an edge with all the imperfection of tests, you would hope there would be some robust independent monitoring system in place.”
Of course, there really isn’t.
In response, Oliver sought to reimagine what he referred to as “syrupy athlete promos.” You know the ones: they’re the heart-tugging ads that feature slow motion graphics telling the story of how an athlete overcame every imaginable obstacle to achieve Olympic glory. But in Last Week Tonight‘s world, of course, things are a little bit different than how we’ll probably see them play out on NBC later this summer during the Rio games. Look for the assist from VEEP and UCB’s Matt Walsh in the bit.
Watch the above video from HBO’s Last Week Tonight.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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