Doping and Anti-Doping

An inquiry into the meaning of sport

Authored by: Thomas H. Murray

Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829809
eBook ISBN: 9780203466261
Adobe ISBN: 9781134119141


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In the New York Times of 7 April 1901 appeared an article under the title “‘Dope’ An American Term.” The article noted that the word “is used most frequently as a term which implies impropriety, or at least the use of methods that do not come strictly within the provision of the rules.” The rules referred to are those of horse racing; the practice of doping horses with the intent of boosting performance was said to be at least a decade old by then. English racing fans – and bettors – worried that American “touts” were controlling the outcomes of races with “dope” – “a mysterious something that made slow horses fast and cowardly horses brave.”

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