There is an old saying that doping is an intelligence test – only the stupid get caught. This might be so, but we should also question the intelligence of followers and fans of sports every time they get surprised when new doping scandals occur.
The world of sport is better off with WADA in it than without it, says former WADA president Dick Pound in an interview with Danish newspaper, looking back at achievements and disappointments from the first 20 years of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
WADA has decided to maintain RUSADA compliance in spite of the Russian anti-doping agency failing to meet the deadline for providing access to the Moscow lab data. Observers urge that focus be kept on Russian compliance.
WADA has announced that the data, that its expert group went to Russia to obtain, has been retrieved. The data from the Moscow lab will now be brought to WADA’s HQ in Montreal, Canada, for authentication.
A grant from Erasmus+ allows Play the Game to partner up with athletes, anti-doping bodies, and academic institutions, analysing together how to benchmark good governance in anti-doping. The two-year project starts in early 2019.
Analysis: The race for the seat as WADA president has begun. At a conference in Oslo this week, Norwegian Linda Hofstad Helleland kicked off her campaign. Some of the loudest critics of the current anti-doping system seem to support her.
US lawmakers have proposed a bill to criminalise doping in global competitions. The bill is called the ‘Rodchenko Act’, named after the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory.