Are sports actually important? When you stack the issues in the sports world against the bigger problems in society, can you really say that sports matter?

Yes, you really can. The massive Russian doping scandal that emerged Monday proved this yet again.

Monday’s news from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) covers an 11-month investigation in 335 pages. The report tells of a “deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels” within Russian athletics, including a sophisticated doping program that couldn’t “have occurred without the explicit or tacit approval of Russian governmental authorities.” Read more…

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