It seems a week does not go by without news of another doping scandal in a major sport. Certainly baseball has monopolized its share of headlines especially since the release of the Mitchell Report in December 2007. Other competitors from cycling, tennis, field and track have been accused and caught up in the doping quagmire. Athletes interested in competing in national and international events must comply with all the relevant laws and codes relating to doping. To be eligible for participation in the qualifiers and Olympic Games, an athlete must refrain from using substances and procedures prohibited by the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees (NOC). It is not always such an easy task to discern the requirements of the rules and codes from these different committees.
This manuscript begins by articulating a number of facts on doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Next, it addresses some commonly held erroneous views on doping and distinguishes the facts from fiction. The article than sets out the most relevant laws and codes in the US and those required by the Olympic Committee. In the discussion section, a variety of current issues that athletes face with respect to compliance and or non/compliance with the anti-doping laws. The conclusion looks to the future and provides some guidelines for athletes to avoid doping dilemnas.
|Keywords:||Doping, Athletic Eligibility, Anti-doping Legislation and Codes|
Professor of Business Law, Finance Department, College of Business, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Freelance Sports Trainer and Tennis Instructor, New Mexico State University, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA