Wednesday, August 11, 2004


Following on from the Workers' Olympics, the Fair Play at the Olympics campaign staged a sew-in to highlight the slave labour used by many sports brands.

Too bad it got virtually no coverage in the UK press.

I'm also perplexed about the whole drug issue. There seem to have been an inordinate number of athletes failing drug tests before the Olympics. British hurdler and Olympian Colin Jackson said on radio yesterday that positive drug tests where a good thing becuase it showed that the tests worked. A view echoed by Michele Verroken former head of anti-doping in the UK:

These are exciting times because the science is finally catching up with the athletes who cheat.

Surely, it's a bad thing becuase it shows how many athletes think they can get away with it? Or, you could argue, let them all take drugs. Afterall, there are stories that East Germany hardly ever fielded a "clean" athlete.

:: Posted by pete @ 12:43