Guilty Until Proven Innocent (and then Still Guilty)

Moston, Stephen, and Engelberg, Terry (2016) Guilty Until Proven Innocent (and then Still Guilty). Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia. (Unpublished)

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The current anti-doping system is designed to ensure that athletes identified as doping are sanctioned. Claims of accidental or inadvertent doping (with little to no performance-enhancing benefits) are likely to be sanctioned as heavily as cases involving deliberate attempts at cheating. Michele Verroken, former director of ethics and anti-doping at UK Sport suggested that, "There should be a way to make a clearer distinction between athletes who were ill-advised and those who are deliberately cheating and denying allegations in the hope they will avoid punishment" (Thorpe, 2016; para 15). Such a method, or tool, would logically require that athletes be questioned (interviewed) to establish whether they had an intention to dope. In some cases, intention can be inferred from physical evidence, but in most cases intention can only be established through the direct questioning of an athlete accused of doping. The current program of research offers a preliminary attempt to answer this call.

Item ID: 46494
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: drugs in sport, performance enhancement drugs, athletes, doping, accidental, archival study, inadvertent doping
Funders: International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Projects and Grants: IOC Anti-doping Research Funding
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 06:06
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 60%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 20%
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