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Olympian Adam Kreek criticized for exploring pro-doping viewpoint

The latest Kreek Speak, Adam Kreek's opinion piece for CBC Sports, presented the opinion that open-source doping could make sport safer for athletes. It didn't sit well with many high-performance athletes.

Extreme opinions can stir conversation, Kreek says

Adam van Koeverden, left, took issue with a recent article on doping from Adam Kreek, middle. (via Getty Images)

Olympic rower and CBC Sports columnist Adam Kreek came under fire this week after we published his latest Kreek Speak feature article

Kreek took the rarely heard "pro-doping" point of view, and spoke with David Asprey, a "biohacker", and himself a doper, who "believes everyone over 24 should be free to use any and all performance-enhancing substances."

Anti-dopers were quick to chastise the point of view that seemed to sympathize with dopers. 

They included Olympic gold medal kayaker Adam van Koeverden who didn't agree with the one-sided stance of the article.

Retired Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield, on the other hand, viewed the piece for what it was: one side of the conversation.

But there is method to Kreek's "madness" in all of this. 

In the coming days, he will be publishing a follow-up taking the "anti-doping" stance in which he speaks with Trent Stellingwerff the Innovation & Research / Physiology Lead at the Canadian Sport Institute. 

Required reading

The doping conversation has been newly ignited since the initial release of the World Anti-Doping Agency report on doping in Athletics in November, and the follow up, just last week. 

CBC reporter and former 100-metre Olympian Anson Henry's opinion piece on why he understands the reasons some athletes cheat also adds to the discussion. Henry himself was sent a Pan Am medal in the mail months after competition because the original gold medallist was caught doping. 

What do you think? Did Kreek's article endorse cheating? Do you understand why some athletes would be drawn to PEDs? Let us know in the comments below. 


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