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Should doping be legalised? The Olympic drug debate

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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

Semenya wins Monaco

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 Rabat

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

Diack and Coe

The WADA report into the IAAF’s alleged doping cover-ups came out yesterday, and Twitter was rocking.  So 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

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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

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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!

Merry X-mas from Science of Sport

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?

Alan Oliveira at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships (400 meters qualifications). 
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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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22 Jul 2013 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

A double amputee will soon medal in able-bodied Olympics

Pistorius-round

Alan Oliveira is a double amputee breaking records. By big margins. He's asking the same questions Pistorius did. The answers are the same, but with increased urgency

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