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Sigmund Loland, PhD Biography

Professor and Rector at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“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
  • 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
  • Postgraduate studies in sport science at Penn State University, 1986-1987