The debate is an interesting one, especially in light of the recent release of the 2014 WADA Prohibited Substances List (find it here), and shocking admissions of doping by top Canadian riders, including 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal (more here). Also the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport’s (CCES) received a recent funding boost for its anti-doping efforts, which includes a new anti-doping snitch hotline (read more here).
In light of the CCES funding and with the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games approaching SkiTrax Magazine recently published a CBC Radio interview with legendary cross-country skier and 2002 Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott, who was only awarded the gold only after lengthy discussions with Olympic authorities when the first- and- second-place Russian skiers tested positive for banned substances. Scott provides some interesting insights about the the CCES’s new measures (find the interview here).
Meanwhile according to the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) cycling is not the sport most affected by doping in the country that hosts the Tour de France, the biggest cycling event in the world – rugby is tops.
In the Science of Sport article (read it here), Tucker references a recent head-to-head debate (find it here) and argues against Oxford philosopher Julian Savelescu’s reasoning that doping should be legalized, pointing out his flawed logic that anti-doping measures are not working.
In his conclusion, Tucker presents a compromise, which includes a stream-lining of the banned substances list and adjustments to the sanctioning system sanctions which he believes are skewed. Read Tucker’s article here.