Melting pot

‘Anti-doping agencies are failing in assessing the scale of the drugs problem’

. By Roger Pielke Jr 28 January 2015 In 2011, at the Play the Game conference in Germany, I heard Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1978 and the founding President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), make some remarkable claims about the unwillingness of sports officials to police doping. Then at the 2013 Play the Game Conference, in Aarhus, Denmark, Pound made even stronger statements, including an admission that anti-doping agencies don’t really know how many athletes dope, and actually don’t really want to know. As a scholar who studies the role of evidence in policy, the issue of doping...


A sixth of the pay and no parking for women: laughable ‘equality’ in 21st century sport

. By Roger Pielke Jr 7 January 2015 You almost certainly had no knowledge that it was happening, let alone followed it closely, but events at a cyclocross World Cup event held last month in Namur, Belgium, highlighted the ongoing disparities between the treatment of men and women in global professional sport. And this happened in cycling, where the world governing body, the UCI, is theoretically in support of pay equality and apparently working towards it, but where equal pay has been implemented for some of its races but not others. In the event in Namur, 50 elite men took home winnings but only...


In search of Louis van Gaal: dictator, drama queen, legend

. REVIEW . By John Roberts 28 November 2014 When the flamboyant Ron Atkinson was the manager of Manchester United, he answered a routine check call from a football reporter and told him: “I’m about to sign Ruudi Wakening from Vasta Sleep.” Big Ron was chuckling even before the reporter had time to make a note. It seems unlikely that examples of such levity will be forthcoming from Louis van Gaal’s dealings with the media during his reign at Old Trafford if a new book, 'O, Louis: In Search of Louis van Gaal', is a guide. The insightful story concerns a love/hate relationship between Van Gaal and...