20/20 vision

Out with drug cheats, in with new sports legends

From climate change to smartphone addiction, fake news to the workplace revolution, ST writers lay out the new decade’s challenges and their hopes and wishes

How much of the record book is a lie? How many heroes are counterfeit? Long before fake news, sport has been fighting against fake champions. Last decade, Lance Armstrong was revealed as a diabolical cheat; this coming decade we wait.

Athletes have always cheated but bigger prizes have led to better chemistry. Russia, an entire nation, has been banned from the Olympics and so has Alberto Salazar, who coached, among other runners, the great Mo Farah. Elsewhere, swimmer Sun Yang is under scrutiny. Everywhere the brilliant has become suspect.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline 'Out with drug cheats, in with new sports legends'. Subscribe