Friday, July 16, 2010

Wrong, wrong, wrong

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has handed back medals to the other members of relay teams tainted by Marion Jones' illegal drug use at the Sydney Olympics, reports the New York Times.

This is so very wrong. When three runners run fairly and the other cheats, you really didn't finish the race. You can't stop running after 3 legs of a 4x100m relay and say "well, we are leading, give us the gold." Despite the technical nature of the way the rules were written at the time, which is the basis of the decision, the court should have shown the flexibility to simply do what is right. And the runners should show the moral fortitude to stop claiming medals they did not properly win. Gloating about the result now isn't making them look good, either.

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