Taking the dopes out of doping
In “The needle and the records won“ I tried to make a case that doping in sports in inevitable and unavoidable, and that only cure is, in effect, to make it legal.
We don’t have rules in politics or business or war in this country, why be squeamish about playing our games that way? . . . . Sports fanatics are fond of saying that winning isn’t the most important thing, it’s the only thing. Fine. Let athletes prove it.
Readers interested in the issue might find persuasive this piece by Clive Cookson, the science editor of the Financial Times. Or they might decide he’s a deluded fool like I am. Either way, worth a read.