Quote Of The Day
In an ideal world, the men’s marathon medals from 2016 Rio would simply be vacated. If one thinks that is too harsh of a punishment for what the athletes may argue was inadvertent cheating, then World Athletics should at least make a statement acknowledging that a rules violation took place but without a penalty being given. At least that way there is some sort of an asterisk attached to the results.
This type of thing happens all the time in professional sports. Both the NBA and NFL issue statements after games saying officials failed to call fouls properly. In baseball, the 2017 Houston Astros have been allowed to keep their World Series title but the public at least knows they cheated while earning it. That’s what happened here, even if at the time there was no way for the officials on-site to realize the shoes – which were made to look like other shoes already on the market – were leaps and bounds better than anything else ever invented.
– Excerpt from a column by LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson arguing for the 2016 Olympic men’s marathon results to be invalidated as the fairness of the race was wiped out due to the “mechanical doping” that took place when all three men’s medalists Eliud Kipchoge, Feyisa Lelisa and Galen Rupp (and Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg in the women’s race) wore the Nike Vaporfly prototypes.
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