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Sports feature-writer Charles Thursby contributes to our drugs-watch series

More in sorrow than anger, today the National Rust records the drugs offence ban recently imposed upon Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson.

No need to highlight that the sport concerned is track and field – and Jamaica – again. Nor that, as occurs with nearly every punishment dished out, the ‘offender’ concerned is complaining that she has been unfairly treated and/or that her offence is someone else’s fault.

One of the complications for those of us who are concerned in eliminating drug-taking in sport is that, too often, the sense of indignation harboured by offenders arises from their own perception that the only offence they may have committed is that of being caught.


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About Charles Thursby

After a lifetime in sports journalism, Charles Thursby continues his immersion in the world of sport by providing the National Rust with dispatches from all points of the compass. More Posts