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On the Jamaican clenbuterol positives: A procedural failure and credibility black hole

An explosive new investigative report has revealed that numerous athletes have tested positive when their samples from Beijing 2008 were retested. They include Jamaican male sprinters, so dominant in those Games. The IOC and WADA however did not act, suggesting the cases are all contamination, not worthy of pursuing. How viable is this, and what does it mean for already bottomed-out anti-doping credibility?

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Should doping be legalised? The Olympic drug debate

Should we legalise doping? Make it open to all, and avoid the controversy and scandal. A regular issue comes around for the Olympics. In this article, I address that question in a Q&A format.

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The Caster Semenya debate

Caster Semenya won the Monaco 800m in 1:55.33, at a canter, and is the surest bet for gold in Rio 2016. She's also the surest bet for controversy, and will kick start an explosive, aggressive debate. This post introduces some of the concepts, and addresses some issues around our approach to this difficult issue.

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Hyperandrogenism and women vs women vs men in sport: A Q&A with Joanna Harper

Caster Semenya's likely gold medal in Rio is going to be one of the most controversial stories of the Games, if not the history of the Olympics. She is, unwillingly, the known image of a sex-verification controversy in sport, asking questions over whether a woman should compete against other women. In this piece, I interview Joanna Harper, an expert on matters of transgender science and performance, for her comprehensive views

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Denial plus shock, divided by the tip of the iceberg. A recipe for mistrust

The WADA report into the IAAF’s alleged doping cover-ups came out yesterday, and Twitter was rocking. ┬áSo many journalists and commenters wrote excellent summaries and opinion pieces (there’s a list of some of them at the end of this post), but I thought I’d share with you two brief articles I wrote on the issue. […]

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2014 Wrap Part 2: The science of sport review

In the second part of my 2014 Review series, I look at three of the sports science stories that made news - the sub-2 hour marathon, doping in the marathon & Justin Gatlin's great year

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2014 Wrap Part 1: Week by week musings

A look back at 2014, using my weekly "Times" newspaper column to cover some of the biggest sporting stories and their management and scientific implications.

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2013 Recap. And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, all!

As 2013 draws to a close, let's look back on the highs and lows of 2013 here on the Science of Sport, with a look ahead to what 2014 might bring!

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28 Jul 2013 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Alan Oliveira runs 10.57s. Leg length or something else?

Brazil's Alan Oliveira continued his record-breaking tear, explained., smashing the 100m WR and reigniting a debate about prosthetic limbs. Here's the science of the advantage

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