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Fifteen-year-old Russian skater Kamila Valieva reacts after her routine in the women’s free skate program during the 2022 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Would adding a minimum age limit for the Olympic Games protect youth athletes from doping?

Banning young athletes from the Olympics would mean we miss their spectacular performances, but considering all we know about overtraining, exploitation and abuse in sport, that might be OK.
When we think of sports, we often think of them at the elite level, like professional or Olympic athletes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

‘Wicked problems’: Government involvement in sport is fraught with issues

A strong sport system allows for coordinated policy implementation, evaluation and outcomes related to health, citizenship and community development that are accessible and realized for all Canadians.
Bubble life means spending time with different people, to aid psychological recovery, will not be an option for athletes in Tokyo. EVREN KALINBACAK / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo 2021: how COVID risks taking the fun out of the games

Strict enforcement of COVID-safe regulations in the Olympic Village could affect athletes’ mental health. Their performance could suffer too
A transgender pride flag at a protest against white supremacy and discrimination after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michael Moloney/Shutterstock

Elite sport is becoming a platform to target the trans community

High-profile athletes have been speaking out against the eligibility of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions.

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