Coventry: Education & Communication To Combat The Creep Of The Doping Cheat

Kirsty Coventry on her way to a successful defence of her Olympic 200m backstroke crown in Beijing by Patrick B. Kraemer

The cheat in sport is a creep, the craving to stay a stroke ahead of the testers a continuous process that explains why substances get added to the WADA Code. Kirsty Coventry was the second subject of a new WADA Talks series of late. She emphasised the roles of education and communication. USADA this week passed on its latest advice on a substance not banned, long in use but problematic nonetheless

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The cheat in sport is a creep, the craving to stay a stroke ahead of the testers a continuous process that explains why substances get added to the WADA Code. Kirsty Coventry was the second subject of a new WADA Talks series of late. She emphasised the roles of education and communication. USADA this week passed on its latest advice on a substance not banned, long in use but problematic nonetheless

Comments

Craig Lord

No, Roy, quite clearly not all drugs enhance, some do the opposite. Tri enhances and is being used in a specific way in sport, according to the experts who placed the drug on the banned list. I trust them to be telling it like it is – there would be no point in a banned list if experts did not believe in the reasons why substances make it there in the first place.
As for cardiologists who say the substance can do more harm than good, yes, of course it can if taken by people who don’t need it, like many drugs used as doping. In the end, in sport: excuses, excuses. Play Fair. Clean Sport. If you’re not healthy enough to do train for and clock 14:31 in a 1500m without the constant prop of a substance your experts say can ‘do more harm’, then you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing, in my opinion (and indeed that of medical experts in several countries who conduct general medical tests for sportspeople and bar any who fall into the category of needing treatment for cardiac conditions of the kind we are told is in play in the most infamous of such cases in swimming).

Craig Lord

Roy, you’re off topic (wrong article; please don’t do that, this article is about doping and anti-doping and nothing to do with events in Brazzaville) … and you’re running a results service that folk can see for themselves 🙂 … link on the relevant article:
http://www.swimvortex.com/vd-burgh-campbellseebohm-match/

Craig Lord

Roy, the live timing does that. That’s why the link is there

Craig Lord

Your last point: that much we know… none of which excuses those who are caught with banned substances, even when there are some out there who dispute what constitutes a banned substance and what ought to. On this site, worth noting that there are no such cases as that you describe in swimming at the very elite level (so don’t be tempted to go there 🙂

Yozhik

Roy, you sound like a nightmare where Sisters turn out to be Brothers, Sjostrom, Hosszu, Ledecky, Evans are all sly dudes who for the sake of glory went through the plastic surgery to hide their manhood stuff. And the only real woman in the world is your wife because you know that for sure and there is no someone else’s loopholes that you have to trust. Wake up. You are looping, returning to this theme again and again like nobody else at this site. Why do you care that much? Leave it to those who competes in the water if they bother at all to figure out who is who. Go to something different, to what people value your postings for.

Craig Lord

Roy, the system doesn’t quite work like that: it is not for WADA to detect anything in the way you suggest. Signatories to the WADA Code and the agents they use are the responsible parties. In the case of the track and field athlete you mention, detection played a part in the investigation that followed and resulted in the series of events you elude to. So, not for WADA to detect anything in that sense: it is for WADA to set the code, the parameters that all sign up to and then enforce.

aswimfan

I could be wrong, but it would take testosterone level four times average to trigger positive test.

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