With the Rio de Janeiro Olympics just around the corner, the excitement around the event has been ruined by doping scandals on a wide scale – even country-wide - external link – never mind the Zika crisis - external link.
We should be celebrating South Africa’s rowing team qualifying for Rio - external link, or contemplating a Summer Games without Usain Bolt - external link. But it’s the huge doping scandal that has all our attention.
While Rio 2016 will be a crucible for the IOC to try clean up athletes, step up the fight against drugs cheats, the rest of us sit on the sidelines with only a vestige of hope.
I saw this infographic - external link on the multimedia section of the Eyewitness News website recently, which details the top ten doping nations and sports. The data comes from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report - external link.
Had the nationalities data not been a pie chart but rather a bar graph (like the sports graph), the infographic would have been that much more powerful; allowing visitors to more easily compare nations.
Pie charts fail at trying to present useful data, which its creators don’t realise:
A bar graph is a better option as the data can be easily interpreted and compared. The display has no distractions, enabling the data to tell the story. Here I've highlighted the Russian Federation, which has the highest number of ADRVs (anti-doping rule violations).