Prospect Magazine: Getting over Gatlin for the greater good

Doping, Features, Miscellaneous, Print, Prospect Magazine, Sports Law

We are a society which purports to endorse rehabilitation. So why do we condemn those who have fallen afoul of strict doping regulations?

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

Doping, Sports Law

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.


The Roar: Sex, drugs and cricket – coping with addiction

Features, Print, Sport, The Roar

“Can you just rock and roll that?”

The advent of the decision review system has undoubtedly enhanced international cricket, not least by introducing us to this now trademark phrase. Its distinctiveness lies not only in the ease with which the words slide off the tongue but in the irony that the sport of cricket, burdened by a stiff and traditional stereotype, should ever be associated with such a dramatic turn of phrase.

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

Doping, Sports Law

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.

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

Doping, Sports Law

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.

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

Doping, Sports Law

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.