Opinion: Russian doping scandal – should other countries pull out of the Olympics? August 3, 2016 The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) decision not to stop all Russian athletes from competing at the upcoming Rio Olympics following revelations of state-sponsored doping, has been condemned by anti-doping groups. But in an article for The Conversation, Murdoch philosophy lecturer Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher supports the IOC’s decision, arguing there is little justification for a blanket ban on all Russian athletes. She says they did not collectively commit a wrong, and adds that in all probability, many athletes had no knowledge of the scheme. Other countries would be wrong to withdraw from the Olympics in protest because this would only punish their own athletes, adds Dr Schwenkenbecher, from the School of Arts. She believes the best way of avoiding future doping scandals is by enforcing institutional reforms and restructuring at the level of the IOC’s doping control regime. To read the full article, click here. *Dr Schwenkenbecher has organised a public lecture on whether doping should be legalised in sport, to be delivered by bioethics Professor Julian Savulescu from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics on Tuesday, 9 August. The presentation, starting at 5.30pm, will take place in the Hill Lecture Theatre. More details are available here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, School of Arts Tags: anne schwenkenbecher, international olympic committee, ioc, julian savulescu, murdoch philosophy, murdoch school of arts, olympics, oxford centre for practical ethics, rio olympics, russian doping scandal Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!