Opinion: Russian doping scandal – should other countries pull out of the Olympics?

August 3, 2016

Dr Anne SchwenkenbecherThe 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.

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