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The complexity of doping

Updated: Feb 21, 2019


The complexity of doping

On 3 April an article was published in The Sunday Times which caught my attention (and, as it turned out, the attention of the wider media).

The article was about that very subject of the moment, doping in the world of professional sport.

According to the article, a doctor called Mark Bonar (who has since achieved a certain level of notoriety) operates from a clinic in central London, where he says he treats athletes with banned substances who have, subsequently, achieved phenomenal improvements in their sporting performance.

Let’s try here not to be too judgemental or moralist with regard to this issue, regardless of the actual and eventually proven facts of the case. We live in a society where results in whatever sphere matter and a large number of people are under tremendous pressure to succeed in their professional (and indeed in their personal) lives for much of the time.

So ask yourself, what would you do, if in order to win a competition, or to demonstrate your competitiveness, someone such as a doctor (or a similar professional) was to guarantee you the potential success and results you desire by your taking of a banned or illegal substance?

Until one finds oneself in that specific situation, I think it is very hard to give an honest answer to that particular question.