Crimes against sport: The Armstrong problem


Moral outrage at Lance Armstrong’s admissions of systematic doping during his Tour de France ‘wins’ has cascaded into calls for the criminalisation of doping in sports. This paper considers the existing legal framework which regulates doping and examines potential legislative mechanisms for criminalising the practice. It further examines the current scholarship on whether doping in sports is unethical per se with a view to determining what, if any, moral basis might underpin the criminalisation of the practice. Ultimately it concludes that while contemporary accounts of the moral status of doping might be sufficient to bar its practice from individual sports, those accounts do not give sufficient moral purchase upon which to base criminal sanction more generally.


doping in sport, criminalisation


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