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Kenan Malik Biography

Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“But scientists already help athletes win. Cyclist Chris Boardman won his Olympic Gold in Barcelona in 1992 sitting on a specially-engineered machine. In the Rugby World Cup, England players wore body-hugging shirts specifically designed to help evade tackles. In neither case did the scientific work in the labs devalue the sporting triumph in the stadium. Why view drug use differently?

It’s difficult, in any case, for proponents of the current drugs policy to assume the moral high ground. Not only are the arguments for a draconian drugs regime flawed, but the policies often lead to dubious consequences. Is depriving a 16-year Romanian gymnast of her life’s dream because she took a couple of Nurofen tablets really to stand on principle?”

“Tainted Gold,” Analysis, BBC Radio 4, Jan. 4, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Political, International and Policy Studies, University of Surrey
  • Presenter, Nightwaves, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 3
  • Presenter, Analysis, BBC Radio 4
  • Member, British Humanist Association
  • Visiting fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2003
  • Research psychologist, Centre for Research into Perception and Cognition, Sussex University
  • Member, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Neurobiology, University of Sussex, degree unknown
  • History of Science, Imperial College, London
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