Last updated on: 8/5/2016 | Author:

James Kirkup, MA Biography

Executive Editor for Politics at The Telegraph
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“What should happen is this: doping should be allowed.

Really, why should the use of steroids, or any other performance-enhancing drug, be banned? We should allow all of them. Not just drugs either: gene-therapy, DNA modification, the lot.

The important point is that as long as the participants are grown adults, making informed choices about the possible consequences, there should be no restriction on what sportsmen and women can do. We don’t stop grown men punching each other senseless in the ring or putting their body in the path of a leather ball travelling at 95mph just because they could come to harm. We trust them to make the choice.

So we should also let them take whatever substances they like to run faster or hit harder… Allowing doping and the rest would just make sport more entertaining – and more honest.”

“Athletics Doping Crisis Is Just Another Reason to Allow Drugs in Sport,”, Nov. 10, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Editor, Politics, The Telegraph, Feb. 2014-present
  • Political Editor, Telegraph Media Group, Sep. 2013-Sep. 2014
  • Deputy Political Editor, Telegraph Media Group, Oct. 2011-Sep. 2013
  • Political Correspondent, Telegraph Media Group, Oct. 2007-Oct. 2011
  • Political Editor, The Scotsman, May 2004-Oct. 2007
  • Editor, UK politics, Bloomberg LP, Jan. 2001-May 2004
  • MA, Political Science and Government, University of Edinburgh, 1999
  • Twitter handle: @jameskirkup
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  1. Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?