The real problem in track and field might not be the endemic corruption, but defeatism, the feeling that everybody’s in on it—administrators, coaches, athletes, watchdogs. The feeling that the problem is just too big to solve. There’s a nagging sense that telling the Russian federation it’s not okay to dope, and entreating USA Track & Field president Stephanie Hightower not to spend all the organization’s dough on her pals is just not going work. And if you have to explain to the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the good Lord Seb Coe, that journalists revealing corruption is not the problem—that corruption is the problem—well, it doesn’t seem worth it to chew through the leather straps.
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