How Armstrong produced the greatest sporting fraud... until the next one?

Dr Mark Burnley

Monday, January 12 2015 at 7:30PM

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Dr Mark Burnley

What's the talk about?

Three great sporting events took place in 2012: Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, Team GB won almost everything at the London Olympics, and Lance Armstrong lost almost everything in the wake of a complicated series of investigations into his performance-enhancing drug use. It was called “the greatest heist in the history of sport”.

This heist was made possible by a number of factors associated with drug efficacy, doping controls and sports politics. To explain these factors, Mark Burnley will describe the physiology, psychology, and sociology of drug use in sport as revealed by Armstrong's case, and suggest what the future may hold for sport in general.

Dr Mark Burnley is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at University of Kent. A member of the Endurance Research Group at Kent, he has a keen interest in endurance performance and exercise testing and has published more than 30 research papers on these topics. He is a Physiology Section Editor for the European Journal of Sport Science and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Like all exercise physiologists, he is a keen sportsman with no significant talent.