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Value(s) of Australian sport: the National Sports Plan

Greg Hunt, the minister for health and the minister for sport, recently announced a federal government initiative to develop a National Sports Plan. This is not a new idea. The Labor government’s independent…
AAP/Wendell Teodoro

Winning ugly: the AOC election and the Olympic spirit

Outside the staging of summer and winter Olympic Games, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), which oversees the selection and participation of Australia’s athletes, rarely features in public debate…
Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

The underbelly of sport: Dirty Games

Exposés about corruption in sport are not new, but they have become more frequent. There was never a golden age of pure sport, but there is now a growing public realisation that many of sport’s core ideals…
Reuters/Thomas Peter

Centre court and 15-love: CAS reduces Sharapova ban

In March 2016, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova revealed that she had tested positive to a banned substance – Meldonium. This drug, which she described as her “medicine”, had been used legitimately…
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The price of victory: Caster Semenya again on trial

Caster Semenya’s gold medal in the women’s 800 metres track event at the Rio Olympics may be supplemented, in coming months, by an upgrade from silver to gold for the same event at the London Games. Re-testing…
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Dopey policy: is the IOC fit for purpose?

The scandal of systematic doping orchestrated by Russian government agencies and the Russian anti-doping body (RUSADA), involving the disposal of thousands of biological samples or their replacement with…