Very insightful article by Simon Jenkins, highlighting the opportunities that have been available to clean up sport, starting with Ben Johnson back in 1988. The severity of the cheating with be summed up by the level of punishment Russia receive this evening.
The Russians will go to Rio next year. Whatever decision emerges from the meeting of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday, the Russians will go to the 2016 Olympics. If sporting stars cheat they are banned. If sporting countries cheat they should be banned. But when everyone cheats, what to do? The answer is to panic, lie and then cover your tracks.