Last updated on: 12/29/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Doping is one of the most important and difficult problems confronting sports today.

Doping threatens athlete health. In most cases, the substances/methods abused in doping have not been tested or approved for use by healthy individuals. Often, the substances/methods used for doping have not yet been determined safe enough for therapeutic use. Even more alarming is the abuse of counterfeit or designer drugs- drugs that are not regulated for safety. All of these factors lead to serious health risks to athletes who engage in doping.

Doping also threatens the integrity of sport. Doping, the use of artificial enhancements to gain an advantage over others in competition, is cheating and is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport. Further, doping robs athletes who play by the rules of their right to competition that is safe and fair.

Doping affects not just top athletes, but youths influenced by what the stars do. It is a growing problem of public health proportion that cannot be ignored by any country or any sport.

Only by taking a concerted and comprehensive approach to fight against doping in sport is it possible to protect the integrity of sport and the health of athletes and youth worldwide.”

“Q&As,” WADA website (accessed Nov. 12, 2008)

Description:

“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 to promote, coordinate, and monitor at the international level the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the Sports Movement and Governments of the world.

One of the most important achievements to date in the fight against doping in sport has been the drafting, acceptance, and adoption of a uniform set of antidoping rules, the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). The Code is the core document that provides the framework for anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities…

On March 5, 2003, at the second World Conference on Doping in Sport, some 1,200 delegates representing 80 governments, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), all Olympic sports, national Olympic and Paralympic committees, athletes, national anti-doping organizations, and international agencies unanimously agreed to adopt the Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport. The Code entered into force on January 1st, 2004.”

WADA brochure, “Play True,” WADA website (accessed Nov. 13, 2008)

Mission:

“WADA works towards a vision of the world that values and fosters doping free sport.”

“Mission & Priorities,” WADA website (accessed Nov. 12, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs Violate the "Spirit of Sport"?
  2. Are the Laboratories Used to Test Athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs Credible and Reliable?
  3. What Performance Enhancing Drugs Have Been or Are Banned in the Olympics?
  4. 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?
  5. What Performance Enhancing Drugs Have Been or Are Banned in the Olympics?