The use of drugs in sport or “doping” has been the subject of significant media attention in recent times.
Generally, the use of any illicit substance or performance-enhancing drug in sport, or in a sporting context is prohibited. The ban on illicit and performance enhancing drugs helps to promote “fair play” in both amateur and professional sport, to foster a healthy environment for the athletes, and to advance a “clean” public image.
The two main bodies that regulate anti-doping in Australia are:
- WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency
- ASADA – Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
WADA is an independent international anti-doping body responsible for managing and monitoring sports doping around the world. WADA is given responsibilities and powers by the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).
The Code is the core set of anti-doping rules that apply to all sports, in all countries (with some exceptions) and works in conjunction with the 5 International Anti-Doping Standards. The aim is to make sure that sports around the world are bound by the same anti-doping rules.
ASADA is the Australian body working to eliminate doping in all sports in Australia. ASADA co-ordinates Australia’s anti-doping policies; conducts education activities, investigations, and drug testing in order to comply with the Code.
How can we help?
SportsLawyer offers a range of services to assist athletes, coaches and sporting bodies and others in anti-doping matters. These services may include:
- Advice and representation to athletes and others who are the subject of actual or potential anti-doping violations
- Advising on, and conducting anti-doping investigations
- Drafting anti-doping policy and procedures for sporting bodies that comply with national and international standards
- Conducting education activities in respect of anti-doping laws