Is It Time To ‘Regulate’ Doping Rather Than Ban It?

Is it time to ‘regulate’ doping rather than ban it?

James Witts 17 Jul 2018 Cyclist invites experts to put the argument for and against regulated doping Chris Froome’s salbutamol case has split opinion among cycling fans and commentators. There are those who feel he has used the power and wealth of Team Sky to escape a doping ban; while others feel he has broken no rules so should never have been under investigation in the first place. What many people on both sides of the argument can agree on is that the current anti-doping apparatus is ineffective and needs reforming. WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, struggles with a limited budget to test and monitor athletes from all sports. It also has to make life-changing decisions on rules that are becoming ever more opaque as the line between performance-enhancement and therapeutic use becomes more blurred. There is a growing sense that the war against doping can never be won, and ...

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