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West Germany considered pumping swimmers full of air

29 October 2013

When professor Gerhard Treutlein from Heidelberg University wants to get young people to discuss doping and the rights of athletes, he tells a true and quite disturbing story from the 1970s in West Germany. At that time, it was...[more]

Gerhard Treutlein, professor at Heidelberg University talks at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Loopholes still exist, doping expert says

28 October 2013

“You can deliver the best test on earth, and the system will turn it into complete nonsense in three years,” a German doping expert told the Play the Game conference this evening. Professor Perikles Simon of the Johannes...[more]

At a anti-doping session at Play the Game 2013, Perikles Simon, a German expert in gene doping argued that athletes can still use a number of loopholes in the system. Photo: Play the Game/Thomas Søndergaard

The Armstrong Case – What lessons can be learned?

28 October 2013

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was one of the world’s greatest sporting icons – a global superstar who banked 700 million dollars from employers and sponsors during his career. Armstrong was a cancer warrior, a...[more]

Despite Armstrong's confessions, the doping era is not over, said William Bock, USADA General Counsel at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Pound points to lack of incentives to catch drug cheats

28 October 2013

The fight against drugs in sport is being severely hampered by a lack of willpower on the part of sport organisations and national governments, veteran IOC anti-doping enforcer Dick Pound told the Play the Game 2013...[more]

Former WADA President Dick Pound warned that national sports associations have little incentive to catch drug cheats. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Play the Game 2013: Discussing the future of anti-doping

17 October 2013

At Play the Game 2013, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark 28-31 October, the anti-doping fight will be thoroughly discussed by some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field.[more]

Photo: Richard Masoner/Flickr

Choose your favourite challenge to sport and pick your Play the Game days

30 August 2013

The preliminary programme of Play the Game 2013 is at hand now. Early bird-deadline is postponed to give you time to consider your favourite Play the Game themes. More than 125 expert speakers from all over the world have...[more]

McQuaid-challenger calls for new anti-doping measures in cycling

23 July 2013

Brian Cookson, head of British Cycling, promises a full investigation into cycling’s doping past and a new and more active approach in the fight against doping should he succeed in ousting incumbent UCI president Pat McQuaid in...[more]

The challenger for the UCI presidency, Brian Cookson, has released a detailed plan for how he wants the UCI to engage in the fight against doping in the future. Photo:press image from

New report maps massive doping abuse in Dutch cycling’s past

19 June 2013

New report from Dutch anti-doping commission has investigated the doping culture in Dutch cycling and argues that up to 95 % of Dutch cyclist used doping during the EPO-years in the late 1990s. Through interviews, the commission...[more]

The crisis in cycling has made the Dutch bank Rabobank give up its position as the leading cycling sponsor, writes a new report on doping in Dutch cycling. Photo: jimgrant/Flickr

Play the Game presents conference title and themes

12 February 2013

Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Sports Studies can now reveal the title and themes for this year’s Play the Game conference, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark from 28-31 October 2013.[more]

UCI dissolves independent commission

29 January 2013

Only a few months after establishing the International Cycling Union Independent Commission (UCIIC) to look into the allegations set forward against the UCI in the USADA report, the UCI has disbanded the commission in exchange...[more]

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