Last updated on: 9/16/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Sigmund Loland, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor and Rector at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“The fact that not all rule violators are caught, or that there are banned substances that are hard to trace, should not surprise anyone. Critics of the ban seem to demand perfect procedural justice. But here, as in most other human practices, perfect procedural justice is an impossible ideal… Imperfect realization of rules in practice is no decisive argument against these rules, and can just as well be used to justify far stricter and better rule enforcement…

My argument is that in a situation in which all competitors use drugs, something is lost. We would reach… a ‘negative equilibrium,’ in which all parties are worse off.”

Fair Play in Sport, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Rector, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS), 2005-present
  • Treasurer, European College of Sport Science, 2005-present
  • Appointed member, Ethical Review Board, World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), 2004-present
  • Appointed member, Scientific Committee, European College of Sport Science, 2004-present
  • Elected International Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), 2004-present
  • Supervising Professor, International Olympic Academy (Olympia, Greece), 2001-present
  • Professor, Sport Philosophy, NSSS, 1995-present
  • Leader, Section for Sport, Culture and Society, NSSS, 2004-2005
  • Leader, Research Unit on Sport, Culture and Society, NSSS, 2001-20004
  • President, International Association for Sport Philosophy, 2002-2003
  • Head of Department of Social Sciences, NSSS, 1996-1999
  • Member-at-Large, International Association for Sport Philosophy, 1995-1997
  • Associate Professor, Sport Philosophy, 1994-1995
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, sport philosophy, Norwegian Research Council, 1991-1994
  • Associate Professor, Alpine Skiing, NSSS, 1990-1991
Education:
  • PhD, Sport Science, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS), 1990
  • MS, Sport Science, NSSS, 1986
  • Degreen unknown, Nordic Language and Literature, History of Ideas, and Philosophy and Ethics, University of Oslo, 1986
  • Degree unknown, Sport Sciences, NSSS, 1981
  • Degreen unknown, Pedagogy and Teaching, Stavanger College, 1979
Other:
  • Postgraduate studies in sport science at Penn State University, 1986-1987
Quoted in:
  1. Is the 2009 WADA "Whereabouts" Rule (Requiring Professional Athletes to Report Three Months in Advance Where They Will Be for One Hour Every Day) an Unfair Invasion of Athletes' Privacy?