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Ivan Waddington, PhD Biography

Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research into Sport & Society of the University of Chester and Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“If it can be assumed that a central objective of anti-doping policies is to control the use by athletes of performance-enhancing drugs, then it would seem reasonable to conclude that current anti-doping policy has not worked well. This is not to suggest that current anti-doping controls should be dismantled and that athletes should be allowed to take any substances without regulation; apart from health-related objections to such a policy, an extremely liberal policy of this kind is simply not politically realistic and would be likely to produce a flight from sport by both public and private sponsors who would not wish to be associated with an activity in which the open use of drugs was accepted. However, there are a number of other policy options which might be explored. One of these involves a movement towards harm reduction policies.”

“Doping in Sport: Some Issues for Medical Practitioners,” delivered as a lecture at the Leiden International Medical Students Congress, University of Leiden Medical School, Netherlands, Mar. 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Visiting Professor, Centre for Research into Sport & Society, University of Chester, 2004-present
  • Visiting Professor, Norwegian School of Sports Sciences (Oslo, Norway)
  • Visiting Professor, University College Dublin
  • Member, Editorial Board, Jornal de Ciências do Exercicio e Esporte, Parasná Federal University (Brazil)
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Sport Policy
  • Former Director, Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research
  • Former Director, Centre for Research in Sport and Society, University of Leicester
  • PhD, Leicester University (United Kingdom)
  • BA, Leicester University (United Kingdom)
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