1 Department of Sport Science, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Public Health - Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University3 Department of Public Health - Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University
The article inquires into the moral dilemmas public sport institutions are facing when they on the one hand officially argue that the important thing in sport is fair play and sportsmanship while their raison d'etre on the other hand is to help the athletes to achieve the best possible results on the international arenas. The problems of the governement sponsored elite sport institution Team Danmark', is not only seen in their moral panic following doping cases that hardly can be surprising, but also in the institutions ambiguous handling of and advisory to athletes about the use of grey area products. The article demonstrates that a public institution like Team Danmark in its relations with the public as well as with the athletes runs a high risk for exposing hypocrisy and double standards when they ignore that it is the will to victory and not the virtues of the English gentleman sport that is the driving force behind elite sport.
new Aspects of Sport History: Proceedings of the 9th Ishpes Congres Cologne, Germany, 2005, 2007, p. 363-368