We must take a leaf out of brave Olympian's book to beat farm thefts
Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30
Faster, Higher, Stronger is the familiar Olympic motto. It was proposed in 1894 by father of the modern Olympics, Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, who added, "these three words represent a programme of moral beauty."
While Rio is providing plenty of entertainment and new performance records, much of what we're witnessing on the moral front is far from beautiful.
Yet, in the midst the mire, things happen that give hope, and not just for the world's biggest sporting competition. One such thing is the stand taken on doping by American swimming sensation Lilly King.
Not so much for calling out her Russian opponent Yulia Efimova because that could just be stoking old Cold War flames, but rather because she said any athlete who has been punished for doping in the past should be barred from Olympic competition, including her own teammates.
Every generation often questions the backbone of their successors but this is one occasion when a young person is leading the way and I am buoyed to see it.
The teenager has bravely - some might say naively - stuck her head above the parapet. Thankfully, she has been joined by other competitors including the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps. Hopefully, this is a growing wave that becomes an overpowering tsunami.
Maybe the best way to tackle drugs in sport is to make the taking of them uncool. Lilly Smith may have done more to fight drug taking in sport than years of official entreaties.
So what has this to do with today's society and the lives far removed from the Olympics that most of us live?