Do drugs belong in sport?

Last updated 10:36 12/04/2014
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No matter how rules change, or how vigilant testing bodies become, drugs seem to keep cropping up as a problem in sport. Whether it's Kiwis or those overseas, the issue is never far from the headlines. 

Lance Armstrong, the most famous of the cheats, came clean in 2013 after years of pretending innocence, and Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk nearly took Olympics shot put gold from Val Adams in 2012.

Few teams are free from problems with drugs, with even the All Blacks coming under fire lately for Cory Jane's use of sleeping pills during the 2011 World Cup. 

Be they performance-enhancing, prescription or recreational, is there a place for drugs in sport?

Are drugs ruining sport? Or are we asking too much of athletes to keep clean?

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