Author Archives: John Gleaves

A 25th Anniversary But What Lessons Learned?

This year marked a significant anniversary in sport history, but one likely few celebrated. Twenty-five years ago—September 26, 1988—news broke of the first major doping scandal in the Olympic Games. Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who just two days previously had … Continue reading

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IAPS 2013 Philosophy of Sport Conference Comes to Fullerton

As many already know, Cal State Fullerton is hosting the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport’s annual conference. My colleague Dr. Matthew Llewellyn and I are hard at work preparing for the arrival of the world’s best sport philosophers. … Continue reading

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Wrestling with the IOC: Showing the True Olympic Colors are Green

The International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program has focused much attention on the quadrennial process of revising the Olympic Sports. Unfortunately, much of the media has focused on the wrong issues. Their failure to … Continue reading

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What’s it all for? Sport, Philosophy, and the Pursuit of Truth

After transitioning from the heady world of professional philosophy of sport (i.e. the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport conference) back into teaching undergraduates and graduate students, I am reminded about how important it is to see things from … Continue reading

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Sport By Any Other Name…

I am in the midst of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport’s (IAPS) 40th annual conference. Surrounded by international scholars, it is strikingly beautiful how people from all walks of life can share a common love of wisdom … Continue reading

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Playing at Work (Shhh, don’t tell my boss I’d work for free)

As another academic semester gets rolling, I am reminded by how much I love what I do. I found a way to turn my passion for sports into a full time job (take that high school teachers who told me … Continue reading

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Saying It’s So: Lance and Doping, Part II

Yesterday, my website set a record number of visits with people reading “Saying it’s So.” Admittedly, I also spent the day reading the many articles, comments, quotes, arguments, and editorials about Lance. And considering the number tweets, Facebook posts, and … Continue reading

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Saying It’s So: Lance Armstrong and Doping

Since the news that Lance Armstrong will no longer fight USADA’s doping charges broke last night, many people have been asking about my take on the whole issue. Naturally, I felt it best to get a little distance from the … Continue reading

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Gaming the System: Doping in Sports

For those of you in the San Francisco area (home of Barry Bonds, who never knowingly used “the clear”) Swissnex has organized a public event on doping in sports titled “Gaming the System: Doping in Sports.” Professor Max Gassman, Professor … Continue reading

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Amateurism Alive and Well At the Olympic Games

Avery Brundage would be proud knowing that amateurism remains alive and well in the Olympic Games. Oh sure, athletes are paid to compete. Brundage lost that fight. But the moral code of amateurism still allows the IOC to police athletes’ … Continue reading

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