Who Would Win?

Today I persuade a world class academic into a few rounds of my favourite game- who would win?

To hear more from Derek Ball come to his show ‘The Spy Who Doped Me’ on the 26th August at the New Town Theatre. 

Shark or bear?

The shark but only if the bear was going for a leisurely swim.

One giant bee or thousands of bee sized tigers?

Thousands of bee sized tigers.

An athlete who’s doping or WADA?

Currently the athlete who dopes, WADA still have a long way to go, they’re trying but it’s difficult.

Why is doping a problem?

Several reasons, one is about fairness in sport, we all like to think that athletes compete on a level playing field. Secondly there are some serious health implications for athletes that dope and while they could be several years away we have a duty of care for athletes to educate and protect them.

Why do so many athletes manage to get away with it?

We don’t really know how many athletes are practicing doping but the recent watershed concerning athletes that are under a warning but which is not being pursued by their governing body is worrying. In addition, there is still a lack of financial resource for a comprehensive and uniform anti-doping system.

Is the problem only amongst athletes such as the Russian Olympic team who have state sanctioned doping, or is the issue more prevalent?

The issue is probably more prevalent, the recent ban imposed on Ryan Lochte demonstrates that even the most successful of athletes (12 time Olympic medallist) can fall foul of the rules. He has said that whatever it was that he was injecting was benign, the fact that he chose to an invasive route runs against the rules.

Is the process for doping control fool proof?

In light of the recent salbutamol case there are now questions about the process of analysis and interpretation of biological samples. The debate raises issues about what constitutes doping but also opens the possibilities of bending the rules/doping. This issue about interpretation of the results of an analysis is one of the key parts of show. I will be asking the audience to decide on how  they might avoid testing positive and how they might interpret a set of results on whether they are positive or negative.