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Buying Gold: The Practice of Purchasing Athletic Allegiances

Austin Duckworth
Board of Contributors
Jan 22, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Before he became a Qatari citizen to compete in international track and field competitions for the country, Saif Saaeed Shaheen was a Kenyan named Stephen Cherono.

Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar competes during the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 10th IAAF World Athletics Championships on Aug. 7, 2005, in Helsinki, Finland.

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The rules that allowed foreign-born athletes to reap financial rewards from competing for deep-pocketed countries are changing. But that won't end the trend of paying to win....

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