Sports correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by elite athletes is clearly widespread, maybe even close to universal in some sports. For too many years and too many Olympiads, the rewards have been too great and the risk of getting caught too slight to dissuade would-be medalists...
Fraud - and that is what drug cheats are engaging in - should not go unpunished, and public humiliation and loss of earning power would normally appear to be effective deterrents. The problem is that the current system punishes so few of the guilty and makes those whom it does punish look like lonely villains instead of flawed protagonists with plenty of company on the moral low ground...
One of the biggest problems with sports today is that whenever someone does something remarkable - sets a world record, runs through the pain, steps suddenly from the shadows into the light - it creates as much suspicion as it does sense of wonder."
"Spectators Cannot Admire Champions Who Win by Fraudulent Means: Doping Numbs the Sense of Wonder," New York Times, Aug. 8, 1998