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Thursday 30th June 2016

Understanding why elite sportspeople turn to doping

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Why do so many elite sportspeople turn to doping?The frequency of doping scandals in sport shows that testing appears to be an insufficient deterrent against doping for many athletes, and there may be a case to be had that they dope simply 'because they can get away with it'.
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Thursday 30th June 2016
Wednesday 10th July 2013

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?
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Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory earlier this week was, in many ways, unsurprising. He was long regarded among many tennis fans and experts as a highly talented tennis player. However, until last year, his talent and incredible determination had proved insufficient to secure a grand slam victory.
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Wednesday 10th July 2013
Friday 3rd December 2010

Cuts to School Sport Partnerships: A Case of Ideology over Reason?

Cuts to School Sport Partnerships: A Case of Ideology over Reason?
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The Coalition Government's proposal to cut £162 million funding for 450 school sports partnerships offers an intriguing case study of this era of new party politics and policy-making. Two points lend weight to the argument that this is a rushed decision made by an ill-informed minister, Education Secretary Michael Gove.
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Friday 3rd December 2010
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