Last updated on: 8/5/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

John Oliver Biography

Title:
Television Host of Last Week Tonight on HBO
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Despite rigorous [drug] testing, athletes are clearly slipping through the cracks for a number of reasons. For a start, there are multiple tests, and none of them can detect the full range of drugs and athlete might be on, from anabolic steroids to EPO to human growth hormone…

In a way, you can see why athletes might want to dope: a split second advantage can make the difference between winning and losing and there’s a lot of money on the line for everyone…

You might be thinking, ‘well, let’s just give up, why don’t we just let everyone dope,’ but that is definitely not the answer. For a start, that could be very dangerous with athletes tempted to take greater and greater amounts to get the split-second edge. And, it could also potentially force clean athletes to dope, at which point you’ve pretty much destroyed the integrity of sport.”

Last Week Tonight, June 26, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Television Host, Last Week Tonight, HBO, 2014-present
  • Recipient, Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Talk Show, 2016
  • Recipient, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series, 2009, 2011, and 2012
  • Host, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, 2010-2013
  • Correspondent, The Daily Show, 2006-2013
  • Stand up comedian
Education:
  • BA, English, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, 1998
Other:
  • Twitter: @iamjohnoliver
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?