Anti Doping In Sport


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:

  1. WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency
  2. 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

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