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the dark arts of cheating in sport

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the dark arts of cheating in sport

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Foul Play dissects the age-old subject of cheating in all its absurdity. From plain old doping to claiming a marathon victory despite having driven the middle section of the race, from match-fixing to diving for a penalty--cheating in sport is as old as sport itself. There are plenty of well-known cases of cheats being found out in sport: Ben Johnson, for example, was stripped of his 100m Olympic medal after a positive drugs test; South African cricketer Hansie Cronje was banned from all cricket for life after admitting involvement in match-rigging; rugby union recently found itself having to deal with the "bloodgate" scandal. However, there are myriad other examples of bending the rules more subtly: pressuring the referee, demoralising an opponent with mind games, or shirt-pulling. But what constitutes cheating and where do we draw the line? Are some sports cleaner than others? Is cheating in one sport the same as cheating in another or does each sport's distinctive culture set different standards? Is there such a thing as a sport without sin? Or, indeed, a sporting competitor? This book is not a catalogue of past sporting misdemeanours so much as an investigation into the lengths to which some sports people have gone, and will go, to get the better of others. And also the lengths to which they will not go.

"Foul Play offers an inside track on the dark arts employed in sport to gain an unfair advantage ... From ball-tampering and bribery in cricket to rugby union's 'Bloodgate' scandal; from Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' to Alex Ferguson's managerial mind games; from the dodgy dealings of the ancient Greeks and the wily cunning of W.G. Grace to the doping scandals engulfing Marion Jones and Lance Armstrong, it's all here."--Back cover.

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Foul Play: The Dark Arts of Cheating in Sport
2014, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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Foul play: the dark arts of cheating in sport
2013, Bloomsbury
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London, New York

Table of Contents

Manipulation I : basic level
Manipulation II : applied level
Mind games
Moral maze
The power of 'we'

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-211) and index.


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GV718 .R69 2013

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218 pages
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