We must try harder to stop the drug cheats

Reports of a Russian state doping programme are jarring reminders of times when victorious athletes were offered as evidence for the superiority of political ideologies. The allegations have
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Reports of a Russian state doping programme are jarring reminders of times when victorious athletes were offered as evidence for the superiority of political ideologies. The allegations have certainly complicated aspirations to keep drugs out of the Olympics. If your state colludes in your doping then you have only to arrange to be clean around the dates of competition. Is a drug-free Olympics worth all the fuss? It seems obvious that the dopers will always be ahead of the bureaucrats tasked with exposing them. A more permissive attitude toward drugs seems to draw support from Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” We should expect a more exciting version of elite sport, one with faster sprinters, higher jumpers, and stronger weightlifters. Imagine the marketing possibilities of “Muscles by GlaxoSmithKline.” An interest in what we get out of the Olympics reveals to this to be a big mistake. Olympic events are performances by human beings for human. . .

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