Roger Pielke Jr.

Roger Pielke Jr is a professor at the University of Colorado and head of the Center for Sports Governance. He is the author of 'The Edge: The War Against Cheat and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports'.

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Dodgy Science, Sport and Sex

• Self-described Defenders of Women’s Sport Misrepresent Research on Testosterone to Advance their Political Agenda The challenge of how to determine who is eligible to compete in women’s competitive or elite athletic competition is an issue that ignites passions. It is also an issue on which reasonable people can...


BJSM Lets Stand a Deeply Flawed Paper, Why?

A few weeks ago the New York Times wrote about a paper we had submitted to the British Journal for Sports Medicine  (BJSM) calling for Bermon and Garnier (2017, BG17) to be retracted. You can get the back story at the links in the previous sentence, but two things to...

Features 13/07/2018

A Call for Bermon and Garnier (2017) to be Retracted

The New York Times has a story just out on an analysis we’ve done on a recent IAAF study. Take a seat, this is a bombshell and these are my individual views on it. Earlier this year, the IAAF announced new regulations governing natural testosterone levels in female athletes....


IAAF opens up on testosterone: some reactions

My experiences are that sports organisations rarely like to engage in public. However, this norm seems to be evolving, perhaps a motivated both by necessity and a by a newer commitment to engagement among forward-thinking sports administrators. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), via one of its lawyers,...


Inconsistencies Between Johaug vs. Sharapova at CAS

I’ve had a close read of the CAS decisions on the doping violations of Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharpova (here in PDF) and Norwegian nordic superstar Therese Johaug (here in PDF). The cases are remarkably similar in many respects. Both involve an athlete who was given bad advice by...

Features 12/08/2016

Punishing athletes for the mistakes of sport’s administrators

Next week, the skirmishes over doping among athletes at the Rio Olympics will shift from the pool to the track. But we can count on the overarching narrative to stay the same: good athlete versus evil athlete. Instead of American swimmer Lily King (in the role of good) wagging...

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