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A and B sample bottles from a human urine doping test. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has set off a controversy by allowing Russia to test its own athletes. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Athletes are rightly concerned about lifting Russia’s doping ban

The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to lift its ban on Russia's drug testing has set off another controversy about whether there will ever be a level playing field in the world of sports.
Steve Smith has borne the brunt of the public and media vitriol over Australian cricket’s ball-tampering scandal. EPA/Muzi Ntombela

Can the cricketers banned for ball tampering ever regain their hero status? It’s happened before

If the Australian cricketers involved in a ball-tampering scandal manage to return to the game, and do so triumphantly, it is likely they will be forgiven – and some may even forget their role in it.
Reid Watts of Canada competes in the first round of the men’s luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Do the Olympics still matter?

The Olympics have been plagued by doping, corruption and political problems. But academic and former Olympian Bruce Kidd says the Olympic Games are still an important humanitarian movement.
North Korean cheerleaders holding the unified Korea flag during the Summer Universiade 2003 in South Korea. EPA-EFE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Even a truce between the two Koreas might not save the Winter Olympics

A delicate truce between North and South Korea has been reached in the run up to the Winter Olympics. It's a high profile win for an event which is struggling to remain relevant.
Vladimir Putin has developed populism across many fields, from his own image to Russian sport and media. Kremlin Press office

Russia’s headlong rush into populism

Understanding the populism of the Putin government is more urgent than ever as Russia plays a major geopolitical role in the Middle-Eastern balance.

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