I THINK it’s definitely the right decision that Darcy Ward has been banned from speedway.
It’s happened in the past, I can’t remember the year but Steffan Danno failed an alcohol test and got banned.
It’s wrong. You should get a ban, even though it’s not taking drugs to improve your performance, but having alcohol in your blood makes you think differently or have slower reactions on the track and that can risk other riders’ health and safety.
If you get pulled over by the police while you are driving your car, and you have more alcohol in your system than you are allowed, you get banned. It should be the same for racing.
You have to be out late for the alcohol not to have cleared your system by 12pm the next day.
Some people enjoy the life off the track and sometimes have too much, but if you don’t fail the alcohol test it’s fair enough.
If you drink and are in bed by 12 you still have a 12-hour gap for the alcohol to clear your system, but someone told him to say certain things to get the sympathy of the people. We all have bad family news sometimes but you can’t let it affect you.
There are people telling him what to say and he has too much backing in big sponsors to get a really big ban.
If you see people misbehave in other sports they get punished and this isn’t the first time he’s made a bad name for himself.
He’s a kid who has got the biggest talent I’ve ever seen, he can ride the bike so naturally, but he was going into that meeting third in the world and he didn’t take it seriously enough.
Everything can come too easily for you and if he gets a big ban he might feel differently because everything won’t be easy then.