Bodybuilding article got it wrong

I’m writing this letter to you to express my utter discontent with the recent article published in your paper on Wednesday, 23 January, titled ‘Doing it naturally’.

The tone of the article would suggest that I am arrogant, obnoxious and very misinformed, which is a total misrepresentation of character. The points I would like cleared up are as follows.

I never claimed to lift any car out of a ditch. This is an exaggeration of a little mishap on a driveway, which was not even supposed to be printed as it was supposed to be ‘off the record’. This was not intended as a boast of any sort but rather an indication of an event where my training has helped. But again this was not to be printed.

I never made any claim or even suggested to be the strongest man in Cayman.

I never made any claim or even suggested to be the only ‘Natural Champ’ in Cayman in fact I passed on the contact details for the founder of the Cayman Natural Bodybuilding Federation to the writer so that more information could be gleaned about the Association in an attempt to get some positive publicity for the organisation and advertise the upcoming Mr. / Ms. Natural Universe competition in April 2008. There are many natural athletes amateur and professional here of which some are champions in other sports including bodybuilding. This statement would be very offensive to my fellow bodybuilders, athletes and in fact friends in the various sports and would only serve to harbour un-necessary animosity towards me.

The statement ‘You can tell naturals from steroid users, they’re smaller and their heads are still in proportion with the rest of their bodies’ is totally incorrect and was again something I never said or suggested. This is a very misinformed assumption and stereotype that would have any bodybuilder natural or otherwise seething with fury and resentment.

The statement ‘His debut doesn’t really count because it was at the world championships in New York in 2006 and really just for experience’ is again not accurate. What I said was it didn’t really count to ME since it was my first pro show and truth is you don’t really know what to expect at that level; hence I wouldn’t have been too disappointed with the results.

The statement ‘The drugs issue never goes away’ would suggest that I have a personal gripe which I don’t’. What I am tired of hearing however is the constant attack on sports and in particular bodybuilding by the media because of the dishonesty of a few.

The statement ‘If you’re predisposed to side effects then you may have problems’ is out of context. I was asked ‘doesn’t steroids cause or contribute to cancer?’ My response was not necessarily and if one was already predisposed to cancer they would be at high risk irregardless.

I am a systems engineer not an assistant engineer.

I felt the article centred too much around steroids as typical with the media and sports these days and unfortunately places the spotlight on all athletes and calls into question the integrity of honest individuals who have the constant battle of being judged in the court of public opinion with regards to whether they are natural or not. I think we all would be more effective reporting about alcohol, cigarette and narcotic abuse, which claims lives every day.

I want to say to my fellow athletes and friends that I hope the article does not ruin the relationship we have built over the years and that I hope that this letter clears up any misconceptions that may have developed as a result. I also want to extend this to my employer and sponsor Cable & Wireless, which has supported me over the years in pursuing this dream and once again what to say a heartfelt thanks for all they have done for me.

Dail Davis