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The Civilisation Games : Comments

By Toby Ralph, published 5/2/2013

Banning drugs in sport is more than an attempt at coercive conformation.

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...The word to describe this phenomenon of drug cheating dishonesty is "incongruity". We observe the pedophile policeman as such; the crooked politician is in the vat; incongruous nations of Asia enter as the dragon of cheating and manipulation: Liars and cheats from all walks of life are tarred with this same brush.

...No, the war against dishonesty in sport must continue to rage!
Posted by diver dan, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 8:57:16 AM
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Oh dear. That's about as wrong as it can possibly get.

"Oh Lance, what have you done?Youíve broken the heart of the World.You took drugs. Thatís just soooo bad. And you got caught. Thatís far worse. We can never forgive you that."

What Lance Armstrong will never, ever be forgiven for is his treatment of those who tried to blow the whistle on his dishonesty, only to be hounded, threatened and vilified by this pathetic apology of a human being.

One of those, Emma O'Reilly, who gave truthful evidence of a conversation at which she was present, was subsequently sued by Armstrong for a million Euros, and described by him in a televised interview as a liar, a whore and an alcoholic. Armstrong's path is littered with similar stories, including that of Greg Lamond - again, branding him publicly as an alcoholic.

It is noticeable too that the author ignores the bribes paid by Armstrong to other teams to let him win the Triple Crown, which earned him a million dollars.

How anyone has the hide to defend the actions of this despicable individual is beyond me.

Unless, of course, the entire article is satire. In which case I have been totally sucked in.
Posted by Pericles, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 9:17:48 AM
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Is this article tongue-in-cheek? While it reads like it, I hope it's not.
I like the notion of no more testing for banned substances, no more vaults of urine kept for decades on the off chance someone will someday be able to test last year's winners with next year's technology.
Or instead of putting all those in the testing business out of a job, we could reward honesty. Something like the truth and reconciliation used in South Africa, let those who have used banned substances declare that now. No blame will attach unless they are later found to be lying. Then let the hammer fall.
Armstrong deserves rightly to be persecuted for slander, not for taking performance enhancing drugs. And all those medals they took off him? Who will they give them to now with any degreee of assurance that the new recipient will not also someday prove to have taken something enhancing?
Mush ado about nothing, is the way I see it.
Posted by halduell, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 11:58:00 AM
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wow humanity corrupted? the sportsman, the priests, the politicians oh oh dare I say 'scienstist ' (except of course the warmist). The author's atrocious dig at Darwin deniers confirms he to is no different. Thank God their was One who was not corrupt or corruptible. At least One that can be trusted.

The authors answer is the same as all moral relativist. Lets just redefine cheating or in more intellectual terms 'Letís broaden our notion of sport.'

Might actually help by teaching children the corrupt nature of humanity followed up by giving hope that at least One was not corrupted like all others. Then again that might mean arrogrant, self righteous humans might need to get on their knees and ask forgiveness.
Posted by runner, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 12:25:58 PM
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This argument will, hopefully, never win the day.
Posted by Chris Lewis, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 6:27:34 PM
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