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Fair game at the Olympics

(Toronto Star) Svetlana Terenteva is the first athlete to be reprimanded for violating the anti-doping policy at the Vancouver Olympic Games. The Russian hockey player avoided a ban when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled in her favour because she stopped taking a prescription cold medicine the day before drug-testing began Feb 3. The drug contained a tuaminoheptane - a prohibited substance that flagged positive for stimulants. Thirty other athletes who failed the drug tests are banned from competition and everyone should be prepared for random testing. How do Olympic organizers keep the Games fair?



So you've made it to the Olympics! Now what?

Vancouver 2010 Anti-Doping Guide: Helpful Information
This PDF outlines what athletes should expect to find in anti-doping measures at the Vancouver Games. The manual outlines the number of tests to be conducted throughout competitions, which will include 2,000 spontaneous tests between Feb. 4 and Feb. 22. Athletes who are selected for random testing are required to provide a urine sample at one of the doping control stations located at each venue. In conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency, the OIC will also govern intelligent testing - that is, focusing anti-doping testing on "high risk groups." A summary on the Therapeutic Use Exemption application is also provided.


Standardizing anti-doping regulations

World Anti-Doping Agency
The World Anti-Doping Agency is the Olympic authority on anti-doping regulations. The foundation, born following the 1998 Tour de France doping scandal, drafted the first harmonized set of anti-doping rules with the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code. It engages with individual governments to ensure the laws against the use of performance enhancing drugs are upheld. The site is a primary source for Olympic athletes and includes links to the Code, the list of prohibited substances and the Therapeutic Use Exemption application, which allows competitors to seek approval for medicines containing banned substances.


Sport court

Court of Arbitration for Sport
This international court registers nearly 300 sports-related disputes a year. The tribunal will hear any case as long as both parties agree to the arbitration. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland the Court opened in 1984 to work in conjunction with the Olympics. It was administered by the IOC until 1994, when a Swiss court ruled the relationship was a conflict of interest. The Court is now authorized by the International Council for Arbitration in Sport.

For Canadian athletes looking to settle a dispute the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada is an option closer to home.


Gene doping may be way of the future
This essay offers an insight into the social consequences of gene doping, the recreational practice of genetic therapy used to treat people with single-cell disorders such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. It can be used to tweak the genetic compound. The site is run by Dr. Andy Miah, an ethics and emerging technology professor at the University of the West of Scotland. He argues genetic modifications will still produce admirable athletes, it will only level the playing field between them. Miah says gene doping will change sports world, allowing it to redifine its boundaries.


Just the facts

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports
The CCES is an independent non-profit organization that works promotes education and collects on the use of performance enhancement drugs. The site offers statistical analyses of doping prevelance in Canadian athletes.


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