I refer, sadly, to the imminent demise of the once wonderful sport of athletics. I was raised on the achievements of the likes of the late Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four minute mile barrier in 1954, with a little help from his pace-maker friends, Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher. A marvellous achievement, superb athletes and a truly great sport.
Then but not now!
Today, alas, the entire sport is smeared with, mainly but not exclusively, Russian dope cheating. It is a sign of how arrogant and stupid the Russian authorities were that such was the scale and carelessness of their cheating that they were easily found out and, mirabile dictu, they were chucked out of the sport. Perhaps, I thought, I hoped, the game is now clean and maybe some truly great events will take place.
Today, after counting all those roubles in their bank accounts, the directors (bar two) of the laughingly titled 'World Anti-Doping Agency', WADA, invited Russia back into the sport even though they have failed to comply with at least two of the former requirements. Now one 'yuuuuuuge' question remains, if you are a scrupulously clean athlete, will you continue to be so when it becomes blindingly obvious the Russians are cheating again?
Sir Craig Reedie, chairman of the board, should have his knighthood revoked.