Is doping-free sport a Utopia?

Seiler, Stephen, Beneke, Ralph, Halson, Shona L., Impellizzeri, Franco M., Mujika, Iñigo, Pyne, David B., and Foster, Carl (2013) Is doping-free sport a Utopia? International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8 (1). pp. 1-3.

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[Extract] In October, what was a doping myth fueled by suspicion, but lacking hard evidence, became a doping-related fact beyond reasonable doubt. The impressive legend of 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong died, replaced by an equally impressive legacy of shameless lying and cheating on a grand scale, team doping orchestration and discipline on and off the road, and conspiracy to fool the world while earning tens of millions of dollars. As sport scientists watching cycling during Armstrong's decade of domination, we tried to maintain neutrality and probably wanted to believe that his negative doping tests were strong evidence of "innocence." It made for a nice story, even if the numbers never added up: such large powers in the big climbs . . . so consistently, and beating others who we knew were doping. Like fans of science fiction films, we suspended our disbelief.

Item ID: 32875
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1555-0273
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 01:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110604 Sports Medicine @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 70%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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