Sports Integrity Initiative: WADA do about WADA’s bad science?

An analysis of the key cases in which a lack of scientific evidence and protocol have gravely undermined WADA’s role in anti-doping.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Mamadou Sakho – Dommages collatéraux dans une ère de dénonciation publique

Le footballeur de Liverpool, Mamadou Sakho, a été blanchi plus tôt cette année suite à une enquête de dopage imparfaite. Sa carrière reste dans la balance, tandis que l’AMA, l’organisation qui a si peu contrôlé l’affaire, n’a pas encore été tenu de rendre des comptes.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Mamadou Sak-who? Collateral damage in an era of name and shame

The Liverpool footballer, Mamadou Sakho, was exonerated earlier this year following a flawed doping investigation. His career remains in the balance while WADA, the organisation that so ineptly policed the affair, has yet to be held to account.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Blurred lines – The dangerous demonisation of performance enhancement

Performance enhancement is a dirty phrase in elite sport, but is the condemnation justified? The Sports Integrity Initiative and former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering discuss the legal and moral implications of vilifying an athlete’s efforts to improve performance, in any form. 

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Perera acquittal a worry for WADA and athletes alike

Sri Lankan international cricketer Kusal Perera has had his provisional suspension lifted with immediate effect after the International Cricket Council (ICC) withdrew all disciplinary charges yesterday. The turnaround comes after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding after further investigations found that the cause of the finding may have been naturally generated. ‘We wish to make it clear that there is no evidence that Mr Perera has ever used performance-enhancing substances,’ the ICC said in a statement.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Behind the headlines – WADA’s Doping Report

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its second annual Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) Report on Wednesday evening, revealing a number of remarkable statistics. Not all of these, however, were immediately noticeable.

There are a number of headline findings, but the data also throws up some more interesting statistics that need a bit more digging to get to.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Match-fixing – the threat from the shadows

Match-fixing rarely makes the headlines, as those sportsmen involved are generally not high profile enough to rate media interest. The greatest danger lies, as it always has, in lower level, less well publicised and funded sports, where earning a living is a continuous struggle. This environment provides a constant battle for the authorities, but now the increased professionalism in women’s sport provides fertile new ground for corruption.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Substantial Assistance – WADA’s carrot to its stick?

Just last week professional cyclist David Millar, who was banned for two years in 2004 after admitting to doping, condemned the manner in which the fight against doping was being administered.

At the Tackling Doping in Sport conference, Millar said that athletes were being put off coming forward with information. He criticised in particular the strict liability four-year ban that the World Anti-Doping Code has imposed since 1 January 2015 for doping offences.

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Sports Integrity Initiative: Sharapova, ignorance, and WADA’s culpability

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Since the evolution of justice, this principle has endured; a person may not escape liability for the violation of a law simply for not knowing it existed.

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