Friday 2 December 2016

David Quinn: True believers in sport or religion don't walk away due to scandals

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

'We can’t be certain about what we’re watching anymore. Are we watching a clean win, or a tainted one? It’s a disaster for the athletes who are clean.'
'We can’t be certain about what we’re watching anymore. Are we watching a clean win, or a tainted one? It’s a disaster for the athletes who are clean.'

The Olympic games and the Catholic Church are two institutions beset by scandals of one sort or another.

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Sport in general has been engulfed by numerous different kinds of scandals. The question is whether those of us who are 'true believers' - whether in sport or in the Catholic Church, or both - keep faith in them or turn away disillusioned? I'm for keeping faith, but reforming where and when as necessary.

The first really big doping scandal occurred at the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea, after Ben Johnson had blitzed the field in the 100m final. He was subsequently found to be a cheat on a grand scale. Since then, one sprinter after another has been found to be using performance-enhancing drugs and served temporary bans. Plenty of these have been Americans.

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