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Drugs in sport: How serious an issue is it?

In the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended that all Russian athletes should be banned from competing in Rio after a report found evidence of a state-run doping programme across the vast majority of Olympic sports.

Over 270 of the Russian athletes would eventually be cleared to compete however more than 110 were removed as a result of the scandal, with Darya Klishina the nation’s only Rio representative in the track and field events.

Earlier in 2016, Maria Sharapova received a two-year ban from competitive tennis after testing positive to meldonium while in 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping throughout his decorated cycling career after being stripped of all seven Tour de France titles.

Despite the tough regulations and inherent sentences relating to doping offences, the issue continues to haunt the sports industry as the debate rages on – Are the drug authorities on the right track to cleaning up sport, are their efforts in vein or has the hunt for substance abuse gone too far?

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