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Will doping continue even with tighter WADA regulations?

Doping still remains a serious issue in sports, especially following Russia’s most recent scandal. Attempts at avoiding drug-tests on Russian athletes has been the headliner for a few weeks now, and according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russia runs a state-sponsored doping system, yet they refuse to acknowledge it.

Statistics have shown that 8 of the Russian athletes from the London 2012 Olympics and 14 from the Beijing 2008 Olympics have been tested positive for drug use.

But should the new generation of athletes be punished for the wrongdoings of the past?

Not only does doping stop athletes from competing on a level playing field, and threatens the confidence of other athletes and the viewers that the competition is entirely clean; it can also risk the health of the athletes.

But the question lies in what should be considered doping and what might be considered a substance used for medical purposes.

Ben Johnson, the Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for anabolic steroid use in the 1998 Olympics. Similarly, Norwegian skier Therese Johaug tested positive for steroids, however, it was claimed the substance came from a lip cream prescribed by a doctor to treat sunburn.

Both athletes received sanctions, yet their intentions for the substance use were arguably different.

Sir Craig Reedie, the President of WADA, confirmed new suggestions on compliance and whistleblowing to tighten the rules, but it is a shame that this is what sport has become about nowadays.

Almost every single sport now is tainted with doping, as a result of money being the prime incentive. It is a shame that many athletes’ legacies are now ruined following positive drug tests, and it is interesting to see whether or not temptations for drug use will continue to increase, following the tightened regulations.

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