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Drugs in Sport: December 2011 Update

Introduction Two months ago an Australian Paralympic cyclist was banned from competition for two years following a positive drug test. The athlete was tested shortly after breaking a world record at the national cycling championships earlier this year. In Australia, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) is responsible for promoting, co-ordinating and monitoring anti-doping. ASADA conducted 7,090 drug tests in 54 sports in 2010-2011. These tests led to 42 athletes being entered onto the independent Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel’s formal Register of Findings.  The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) co-ordinates global anti-doping through its World Anti Doping Code. It publishes an annual...

IOC Rule 45: A Brief Note

I have been researching anti-doping in sport recently. In September the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its 2012 List of Prohibited Substances. In October the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) published its 2010-2011 annual results. The Win Clean: Say No To Doping campaign for the London Olympics was launched in October too.  The launch took place in a week when there was active discussion of a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision that the International Olympic Committee’s Rule 45 that bans athletes suspended for doping for six months or more from competing at the Olympics was "invalid and unenforceable". Today (17 November) there...

Managing Risk: Cyber Attack on Sport

The publication of Dmitri Alperovitch's investigation of targeted intrusions into 70+ global companies, governments and non-profit organizations during the last 5 years included mention of attacks on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Vanity Fair provides details of the targeted intrusion in its September edition. A post in The Economist (3 August) notes that: Many data were extracted from sport-related outfits like WADA, the International Olympic Committee, as well as a host of national teams, in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. WADA has a statement on its website about the McAfee Report. Dmitri pointed out in his blog...

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport

Introduction On Monday 30 August I met Will Grant's class at the ANU. My topic was Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport. I wrote this blog post as a point of reference for discussion in the class. There is a Slideshare link too. Background In 2007 the Select Committee on  Science and Technology of the UK Parliament reported on Human Enhancement Technologies. In their discussion of drugs in sport they note that doping "refers to the use of performance-enhancing drugs which have been prohibited by sporting regulatory organisations." The report observes that: The prevalence of doping in sport has been attributed to a number of...