FIFA’s disgrace. And why integrity in sport matters

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U.S. agents carry boxes of evidence from the headquarters of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, on May 27, 2015, in Miami Beach, Florida. The raid was part of an international investigation into alleged corruption. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)U.S. agents carry boxes of evidence from the headquarters of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, on May 27, 2015, in Miami Beach, Florida. The raid was part of an international investigation into alleged corruption. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


By Paul Radford

I can vividly remember the day, more than a quarter of a century ago now, when I felt my job as sports reporter had transformed into fiction writer.

I had just witnessed one of the most astonishing performances of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Glamorous American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, known widely as “Flo-Jo”, smashed the women’s 200 meters world record in the semi-finals and yet again in the final in the same afternoon, running so far ahead of the world class field in each race she appeared to be the only athlete taking part.

My reaction, and that of just about all my press…

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