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The Diatribe Against Doping

By -Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

The quote by Mae West, -“The score never interested me, only the game”, aptly summarises the fight against doping in sport. Every revelation about an athlete who had indulged in doping, whether, it was Ben Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Tyson Gay or Maria Sharapova, has saddened and angered the fans and competitors alike. If the Garica Report in 2014 revolutionised the world of FIFA governance by exposing corruption, the Richard Mclaren Report in 2016 about Russia’s organised doping scandal has raised some unprecedented questions and has paved way for a greater change to combat this menace. This article by Rishika looks at WADA and the world doping scenario.

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Doping-A menace

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

That brazenness… I just did not have the switch to turn that off. It helped me on the bike but it also got me where I am today. –Lance Armstrong

This quote of Lance Armstrong is a symbolism of the apathy of all the sportspersons who have indulged in doping with an aim to win the game just to lose the spirit of sportsmanship. ‘Doping’ is the deliberate or the inadvertent use of a substance or a method by sportspersons banned by the Medical Commission Of International Olympic Committee/World Anti-Doping Agency. The issue is very important because doping defeats the very purpose of sports that is to offer a level playing field to all the competitors. In this article Rishika analyses the need for greater administration and resources required by NADA to be able to appropriately segregate the athletes who indulge in doping from those who medicate for legitimate reasons.

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THE DUBIOUS VERACITY OF SHARAPOVA’S CLAIMS (Analysing the International Tennis Federation v. Maria Sharapova decision)

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“Sports does not build character, it reveals it.”- Heywood Broun

The fight against doping is not about good over evil, right versus wrong, the conflict between morality and sinfulness. Rather it is about equality of opportunity, preserving the spirit of sports, and the purity of emotion and human effort associated with every sporting endeavor. Therefore when elite athletes are associated with doping, it shatters the foundational framework of a fan and fellow athletes alike. This article does not delve upon the outcome of the controversial doping scandal over Maria Sharapova but rather the vacillating nature of her claims that makes us question, “Can the athletes always pass the burden to systemic fallacies?”

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