The 2009 world anti-doping code and medical support personnel

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Mazanov, Jason, Connor, James and Hemphill, Dennis ORCID: 0000-0003-3834-6624 (2009) The 2009 world anti-doping code and medical support personnel. Sport Health, 27 (1). pp. 11-13. ISSN 1032-5662


In January 2009 the first revision of the World Anti‑Doping Code (the Code) came into effect with surprisingly little discussion. At the risk of being branded a “chicken little” and scaring readers, there are very real and serious challenges posed by the new code for the conduct of SMA members. For example, you, the support person, could face serious penalties for having a life saving, but prohibited, drug on your person or for expressing a critical view of the Code while in the presence of athletes under the age of eighteen. Both the World Anti‑Doping Agency (WADA) and Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority (ASADA) have been silent on the interpretation and application of several new and dubious aspects of the Code. We offer this commentary as both a warning and a call to action.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords athletes, drugs in sport, sports, doping, roles, responsibilities, responsibility, violations, sanctions, World Anti‑Doping Code (the Code), WADA, World Anti‑Doping Code (the Code), Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority, ASADA, Australia
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