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Cheating in sport discussed.

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Cheating As each year goes by we always seem to hear on a fairly regular basis about the antics of sportsmen and women involving cheating. As each new case comes to the forefront of the media, a furore ensues and we are left to wonder whether the problem will ever cure itself, whether sport will ever be played on a level playing field and why money always seems enough to corrupt good men. The particular example I would like to look at occurred three years ago in April and is the demise of South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje. Firstly, the facts. In April 2000, Delhi Police revealed they had a recording of a mobile phone conversation during the one-day series between India and South Africa in March. It was alleged the taped voices were Hansie Cronje and a member of an Indian betting syndicate. "Cronje's voice", divulged information about the team, including a suggestion that off-spinner Derek Crookes would open the bowling and it was agreed that Herschelle Gibbs (the South African opener) ...read more.

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However the sympathies of a few did lie with the disgraced captain saying that a man should not be judged by one act of his life. They believed that he should be allowed to come back and be given a chance to redeem himself and that a man with so much experience and talent should be allowed to pass his knowledge onto the next generation even if he did make a mistake. Personally I believe that his penalty was fair as not only did his crime bring the whole of the international game into disrepute, but also he ripped off thousands of people who bet fairly on the game and bought tickets to see it. He abused his power and the trust of his players in order to gain money which he didn't greatly need (he already lived in a house worth over one million Rand). It appears that he committed this crime that will remain in the minds of many for no reason other than the thrill of breaking the law and so I believe the lifetime ban was a very suitable punishment. ...read more.

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When Ben Johnson was given his drugs test after his famous Olympic "victory" it was only because they tested one in every hundred athletes and he was that one. Such cases go to prove that although some cheaters are caught most slip through the net. And even when people are caught they often successfully protest that they took some medicine without realizing what it contained. But surely as professionals shouldn't they check what they are taking before they take it? All in all, I believe that the case of Hansie Cronje just goes to highlight the greed of man that will corrupt us into accepting bribes and backhanders, and the complex entrapment set for him by the Indian police goes to show how hard it is to catch cheaters in sport. And this difficulty to catch the cheats means that the problem that has cast a shadow over sport for so long is set to remain in business for a good few years yet. Because whilst there are men who will be corrupted there will be men to corrupt them. ...read more.

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