Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet, just 19, waves the Bahraini flag after winning gold over Kenyan competitors at the Rio Olympics.
Kenya’s international success in track and field hides management inefficiencies and corruption that have frustrated athletes and fed a pipeline of runners willing to ditch the national flag
Jim Thorpe and Ben Johnson were both banned from the Olympics. But if each had played at different points in history, they would have been allowed to compete.
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In sports, what’s considered fair play has changed throughout history. At one point, even looking ‘too poor’ was grounds for exclusion.
Gold medal winner Mack Horton (centre) said he had no time or respect for drug cheats in reference to silver medallist Sun Yang.
Rarely do we see such unscripted individual honesty on difficult topics such as doping, right in the middle of arguably the biggest international sporting stage.
From left, Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, Emily Chebet and Joyce Chepkirui celebrate victory at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Banning Kenya from the Rio Olympics would raise questions about the overall inclusiveness of the Games and equality in global sporting opportunities.
On their knees. Scrutiny and stigma for athletes has ramped up.
The history of the fight against drug taking in sport shows us why we’re in such a mess right now.
Simon Yates at start of the British Mens Road Race Cycling Championships, Abergavenny, 2014.
Asthma medication can cause trouble for athletes but why are some inhalers alright while others need permission to use?
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Health risks loom as weekend athletes aiming to beat their mates become a new frontline for anti-doping.
Athletes are marginalised in anti-doping processes led by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Having learned some hard lessons with the Essendon case, Australia should lead the way in developing a better approach to drug control and anti-doping in sport.
WADA chief Dick Pound speaks to journalists at the launch of the latest anti-doping report.
Fresh details about the findings of the World Anti Doping Authority raise questions about athletics chiefs.
When ASADA issued infraction notices against 34 past or present Essendon footballers, the case was heard – as per World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) protocol – by the anti-doping tribunal of the relevant…
The moon makes its own Olympic bid.
When the integrity of sport lies tarnished, it is the right time to end the merry-go-round of Olympic bids and national oversight over performance and doping.
The “Armstrong era” forced cycling into deep soul-searching.
A massive doping problem in the Lance Armstrong era has inspired some useful reform ideas, but governance issues must be solved as well.
Feet to the fire. Is athletics going the way of cycling?
Where can sport go when performance-related doping always seems one step ahead? The WADA report should open the door to a more rational future.
Social networks gotta lotta cheek.
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Easy media stereotypes rather than clear evidence attributes performance enhancing drug supplies to organised criminals.
Rohan Dennis leads the field out of Utrecht on the Tour’s second stage.
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Cycling’s biggest race delivers speed, pain and danger to boost its popularity and profitability. And we wonder why doping leaves such a long shadow.
Drug testing has improved but athletes are finding new ways to get around the rules and the technology.
Collingwood’s Lachlan Keeffe faces a ban of up to four years after testing positive to a performance-enhancing drug.
There may be career-ending sanctions for sportspeople who have inadvertently tested positive to a performance-enhancing drug after having consumed an illicit drug.
Thirty-four current and former Essendon players have been cleared of taking a banned substance during the club’s supplements program.
The so-called “blackest day” in Australian sport can now instead be described as the precursor to its foggiest period, following the exoneration of 34 Essendon players from taking a banned drug.
The system that allowed Lance Armstrong to cheat and dope successfully for years should share the responsibility for his behaviour.
There are again questions over Lance Armstrong’s admissions and apologies following a BBC interview in which the former cyclist and confessed drug cheat admitted he would take performance-enhancing substances…
Essendon faces the prospect of not being able to field a team next year.
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Federal Court Justice John Middleton’s decision to uphold the legality of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigation into the potential use of banned substances at the Essendon Football…