If you’ve got some time this weekend, listen to the BBC World Service’s Owen Bennett-Jones’ in depth podcast on the Olympic ideal. He and an expert panel explore doping and discuss whether it’d be better to just let everyone dope. If we just want to see the best spectacle in sports and the level playing field we idealize really isn’t there, why not just level it? Don’t people who have access to better equipment and training have the upper hand anyway?
It’s a really interesting discussion and gets you thinking about why we like sport and what we value about it.
Also, want to know the hollow victory for someone who wins an Olympic medal years after fact because a doper was stripped of theirs? One of the panelists could still be awarded a medal from Beijing–learn how much money that doping incident may have cost him. You’ll be shocked.