In Pursuit of Doped Excellence


In Pursuit of Doped Excellence(2004, Jan 18) The New York Times Magazine, by Michael Sokolove

This article begins by reviewing Lee Sweeney's work at University of Pennsylvania, which has appeared in the press a number of times, when discussing the prospect of genetically modified athletes.Sokolove describes the ke issues for athletes as 'health, fair play, and...legality', whereas for spectacctors 'the issues are largely philosophical and aesthetic'.

This is a very substantial article and surely one of the better journalistic pieces written recently. Sokolove recognises that the line between what is legal and illegal is terribly blurred.

The artice does not really offer any helpful conclusions and is rather pessimistic about the future of sport, as if its morality and value relies on solving the doping issue. It does not!