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Friday, January 29, 1999 Published at 11:45 GMT


Is sport being ruined?



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The International Olympic movement remains under a cloud, after allegations that committee members took bribes worth up to 600,000 in exchange for supporting Salt Lake city's bid to host the Winter Olympics.


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Such a tawdry tale of money for votes is a far cry from the lofty principles of mutual understanding, friendship, and fair play on which the modern Olympic movement was built.

Sport at the end of the 20th century seems to be infected by scandal. Even cricket is currently enmeshed in it biggest ever bribery scandal, with some of the biggest names in the game under investigation for match-fixing and betting.

Has the allure of money spoiled sport, and shattered the Olympic dream?

And then there is the question of drugs, the subject of a special IOC conference next week. One of Europe's sprint champions is currently under investigation after a positive drugs test. The Czech tennis player Petr Korda tested positive for taking a banned steroid - but said he did not "knowingly" take the drug.


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Should drug policy be stricter, or is it unrealistic to ban drugs?

Has our increased appetite for news and gossip about leading sportsmen and women made them into new celebrities?

Has sport just been reduced to another business opportunity?

Or is it a good thing that sport now attracts sponsorship and generates wealth?

Has sport been corrupted by money and drugs?

What do you think?

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