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Lincoln Allison, DLitt Biography

Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Sport in Society at Warwick University
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“A sportsman or woman who seeks an advantage from drugs just moves up to the level appropriate to his or her underlying ability. When I watch games I want to see the demonstration of human virtues such as vision, risk-assessment and strategic thinking…

There are no drugs to enhance the human characteristics of judgment and leadership. If there were, would we not want the prime minister to take them? And if there were drugs for hand-eye coordination, would we not pay more to see a performer who had taken them than one who had not?…

In general, the risk to health from performance-enhancing drugs is considerably less than that from tobacco or alcohol, and we ought not to apply paternalistic moral assumptions to sport that we are not prepared to apply to the rest of life.”

“Faster, Stronger, Higher,” Guardian, Aug. 9, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founding Director, Centre for the Study of Sport in Society, Warwick University
  • Emeritus Reader in Politics, University of Warwick
  • Visiting Professor of the Politics of Sport, University of Brighton
  • Webmaster,
  • Appointed, “Ambassador,” National Forest Company, 2005
  • Member, National Forest Advisory Board, 1991-1994
  • Chairman, Access Committee, 1991-1994
  • Recipient, Menzies Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia, 1989-1990
  • Visiting Professor, Harkness Fellowship, Stanford University, 1975-1977
  • DLitt (Doctor of Letters), University of Warwick
  • MA, University of Oxford, 1969
  • BA, First Class Honours, University of Oxford, 1967
  • Full name is Lincoln Richard Petrie Allison
  • Has written over 800 articles and appeared on more than 350 radio shows and 30 television programs