As the northern hemisphere edges back into summer, though you wouldn’t have known by watching the Giro d’Italia, a recent decision by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has left more than a few INHDR members scratching their heads. This decision involved the ruling regarding Michael Roger’s positive test for clenbuterol at the 2013 Japan Cup cycling race.
The March 2014, editorial entitled "The Curious Cases of Clenbuterol" is written by John Gleaves, California State University, Fullerton and Ask Vest Christiansen, Aarhus University. Read the editorial here
The use of performance enhancing drugs is by no means a new phenomenon, with the historical practice of doping in sport being well established. However, in recent decades, across many countries, there has been increasing concern, as the use of drugs such as anabolic steroids and growth hormones has diffused from elite sport and competitive bodybuilding to the wider society. Many countries have responded with changes to legislation and enforcement policy, while in some, a more pragmatic approach of harm reduction has also been adopted.
In this thought-provoking commentary McVeigh & Kimergård asks the question 'what is the harm in people using anabolic steroids and associated drugs?' Read it here
2013 has been a particularly relevant year for the study of legal considerations on doping. Not least because of the celebration of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport that focused on the World Anti-Doping Code review process. This legislative issue has also been of great relevance in Spain. In fact, Spain has undertaken the task of developing and enacting a long-awaited regulation: the Organic Law 3/2013, enacted on the 20th of June, protecting athlete’s health and fighting against doping in sports. This law was published on the 21st of June, 2013.
Elena Atienza-Macías reflects on resent anti-doping events in Spain. Read the commentary here
Also, can we please ask members of the network who has not done so recently to go to their profile page atwww.doping.au.dk to check if everything is as you want it to be, and send eventual corrections/updates in text and information to the network secretary, Carsten Kraushaar Martensen: email@example.com. He will then make sure that your profile page is up-to-date
The INHDR continues to expand its membership base. We now have 46 members of the network from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For this month we would like to welcome: