Cheating in sport is becoming ever harder to judge | Catherine Bennett

Maria Sharapova’s drugs ban throws into sharp relief the issues surrounding today’s transgender athletes

Four years ago, Oscar Pistorius, still a hero rather than a murderer, was about to compete in the London Olympics against enabled athletes, running on his carbon-fibre blades. Not everyone was happy about this. The German team, for instance, said his Flex-Foot Cheetahs used 25% less energy and were unfair to natural runners. How was it fair to ban all doping, then allow one athlete to use special technology? It was against fair play, the spirit of the Games.

Pistorius’s supporters were incredulous that anyone could accuse an awe-inspiring double amputee of having an unfair advantage. That was definitely against the spirit of the games.

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