Last updated on: 8/20/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Timothy Noakes, MD, DSc Biography

Title:
Discovery Health Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Sport is meant to be about honesty – what you see is all there is. Doping is part of an evil influence extending to match fixing and gambling that has always been a (hidden) part of professional sport, but which will likely ultimately destroy it. If we do not attempt to control this evil triad, professional sport finally distances itself from the mystical endeavour it is meant to be. Without the illusion that professional athletes are somewhat like ourselves, just better, their profession has no appeal. Rather, sport becomes no different from any other commercially driven activity.”

“Should We Allow Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sport? A Rebuttal to the Article by Savulescu and Colleagues,” International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, Dec. 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Discovery Health Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Editor, Doping Journal
  • Medical consultant, South African Rugby league
  • Recipient, Order of Mapungubwe Silver, The South African Presidential Award, Feb. 2009
  • Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC), UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, 1989-2006
  • Team Physician for the South African cricket team that competed in the 1996 World Cricket Cup
  • Executive Co-Director, Sports Science Institute of South Africa
  • Founding Member, International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Science Academy
  • Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
Education:
  • DSc (Doctor of Science), Exercise Science, University of Cape Town, 2002
  • MD, University of Cape Town, 1981
  • MBChB, University of Cape Town, 1974
Other:
  • Has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  2. Is There an Ethical Difference Between Using Performance Enhancing Drugs and Using Performing Enhancing Technologies in Nutrition, Training, and Equipment?