OUP to tackle Olympic cheats in 2012

OUP to tackle Olympic cheats in 2012

Oxford University Press is publishing an Olympic book with a twist next year, with sports science expert Chris Cooper ­delving into the controversial area of doping in sport.

The title, Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport will be released in March 2012 as a £16.99 hardback. Taking in incidents of cheating in the Olympics—including the 1998 Seoul men's 100m final which saw Ben Johnson fail a drugs test, for which he was stripped of his gold medal—the book will show how elite athletes have cheated in the past, and explore the methods and drugs that may be developed in order for them to cheat in the future.

Senior marketing manager Phil Henderson said the title was aimed, in the Olympic year, at reaching sports fans interested in the area, as well as being of interest to policy makers and those dissecting the make-up of the drugs and the tactics of those using them.

He said: "It's a fast-moving area, so Cooper's intention is partly to be a few steps ahead of where the potential problems lie . . . We love having our fingers on the button of topical issues and breaking news within science, bringing it into the public arena. Cooper knows how to help the non-specialist get a handle on things."