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Nick Butler: When is cheating not cheating in sport?

Nick Butler: When is cheating not cheating in sport?

Two contrasting but deeply controversial incidents have taken place in sport in recent weeks.

The first concerned 19-year-old Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche, a European cyclo-cross champion last year who, after failing to finish the women's under-23 race at the World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, was reportedly found to have had a motor concealed within her bike.








Nick Butler: Is FINA another out-of-touch governing body or is progress being made?

Nick Butler: Is FINA another out-of-touch governing body or is progress being made?

Last night’s International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Aquatics Gala took place in the iconic Vigadó Concert Hall here in Budapest. Built in 1859 on the eastern bank of the Danube, the grand old building - the city's second-largest concert venue - required 36 years of renovation following the destruction of World War Two, but is now fully restored and filled once again with elegant arches and beautiful paintings.