Last updated on: 12/22/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Geoffrey Wheatcroft Biography

Title:
British journalist and writer
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“The very prospect of these [Olympic] games ought to lift the spirits of all of us who passionately love sport.

So why is it that my heart sinks? What was meant to be – what once really was – a great quadrennial celebration of the sporting spirit, of ‘faster, higher, stronger’, of ardent but honest competition between the finest athletes on earth, has been polluted by politics, consumed by professionalism, swamped by nationalism, tainted by doping and overwhelmed by an impossible giganticism.

“Yes, I’ll Be Cheering Our Athletes. But the Truth Is My Heart’s No Longer in the Olympics,” Mail Online, Aug. 6, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Freelance journalist for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Boston Globe, and other papers and periodicals
  • Feature Writer, Daily Express, 1996-1997
  • Columnist, Sunday Telegraph, 1987-1997
  • Editor of The Londoner’s Diary Gossip Column, London Evening Standard, 1985-1986
  • Former freelance reporter in South Africa, 1981-1984
  • Former literary editor, Spectator Magazine, 1977-1981
  • Former assistant editor, Spectator Magazine, 1975-1977
  • Former publishing associate, Cassell & Co, 1974-1975
  • Former publishing associate, Michael Joseph, 1971-1973
  • Former publishing associate, Hamish Hamilton, 1968-1970
Education:
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford University
  • Attended University College School (London)
Other:
  • Married in 1990 to Sally Muir, daughter of English celebrity comedian Frank Muir
Quoted in:
  1. Should "Blood Doping" and Erythropoietin (EPO) Use Be Accepted in Sports?