Cheating knows no bounds

Cheating knows no bounds

A recent article published in The Sunday Telegraph dated 29 October 2017 has highlighted the extent to which cheating is becoming almost normative in sport.
Patrick Sawer, the author of the article points to, “A growing body of evidence is emerging to show that a small but significant number of runners are cheating in amateur races. By using a variety

Another crisis year for sport?

If 2015 could be described as the year of the great football expose regarding extensive corruption in sport, 2016 can easily be described as the year of the great expose of drugs in sport. Suffice it to say that there was no shortage of sporting scandals as has become normative over the past several years.

The McLaren Report into doping has revealed what many have deemed a bombshell in sport drug use. Why so many have found this surprising is itself difficult to understand. We should have expected this and much more. There may well be reason enough to believe that much worse is ahead of us.

The major challenge of modern sport

Injection_Syringe_01If one were to follow closely the developments in sport over the past several months it is impossible to ignore the seeming fracas between the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

At the IOC Session convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the eve of the commencement of the Summer Olympics earlier this year, things came to a rather embarrassing head as the leadership of the two organisations resisted the temptation to accept the finger-pointing of the other.

At what price, winning?

moneyWe have long since come to a recognition that in the world of politics it is common practice to hear of every politician seeking to win at all cost. It does not seem to matter what route is taken to achieve victory at the polls, however filthy the tricks undertaken and certainly with no concern for the consequences.

Research has shown that in the world of sport, often characterised as a wide and wonderful world, people are as willing to do almost anything to assure success, regardless of the consequences.

Cheating battles continue apace

Injection_Syringe_01The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has its hands full trying to get ahead of the curve regarding cheating in sport. This is a daunting task and may seem to believe that WADA may never win the battle over the long haul.

WADA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are hoping that the sceptics are wrong and that over time international sport would be rid of cheating.

Some will stop at nothing

Injection_Syringe_01Just when you thought you had heard it all you hear that there is now what is referred to as ‘technological fraud, otherwise known as mechanical doping, in the sport of cycling.

Cyclingnews.com, in a posting dated 1 February 2016, highlighted the fact that “Cyclocross racer Femke van den Driessche has become famous, and put bike racing in the news, for all the wrong reasons. The Belgian athlete has the dubious distinction of being the first rider accused of ‘technological fraud,’ or mechanical doping, after a hidden motor was discovered in one of her spare bikes at the 2016 UCI Cyclocross World Championships.”