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We may not like Justin Gatlin’s victory—but doping in sport shouldn’t carry a life sentence

We are a society which purports to endorse rehabilitation. So why do we condemn those who have fallen afoul of strict doping regulations?

By Isabelle Westbury  

Justin Gatlin was booed at the men's 100m final. But sport isn't as cut-and-dry as some wish to believe. Photo: PA

Sport has no script. That’s its beauty – the uncertainty, the ecstasy, even the disappointment. So for Lord Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, to describe Saturday’s 100m men’s final as “not the perfect script,” was tonally bizarre, if nothing else. The IAAF, after all, is alleged to have run its own questionable stage-play in the recent past—controlling and covering up doping violations of certain athletes.

However the booing…

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