It is is a misperception to think that performance-enhancing drug use is only an issue in elite sport.
There are concerns that performance-enhancing drug use is quickly becoming a public health crisis.
Journalists with the skills to dig into social media can discover connections between key players in complex, often global stories.
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From a social media post that cracked open a decades-old abuse scandal in the UK and Australia, through to tracking asylum seekers, social media can be vital in breaking investigative news stories.
The AFL season opened this week. But on the day that Collingwood was slated to play Sydney, the media was focusing on much more than the footy. The Herald Sun alleged that 11 Collingwood players had positive…
After a routine drug test at the Australian Open tennis tournament, Maria Sharapova tested positive to a banned substance, meldonium. Upon being notified of the result she called a press conference, accepting…
Down but not out.
Maria Sharapova faces a ban from tennis after testing positive for a banned substance. But there is reason to believe that both she and her sponsors will make a comeback.
Maria Sharapova’s fundamental skill is the same whether she takes the banned substance meldonium or an allowed natural enhancer such as beetroot extract.
We have an intuitive bias against "artificial" drugs in favour of "natural" drugs, but that distinction is not only false, it is dangerous.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova could be banned for two years following a positive drug test for a banned substance.
Overnight, Maria Sharapova called a press conference to announce she had tested positive for a banned substance (mildronate) during this year's Australian Open.
Athletes are marginalised in anti-doping processes led by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Having learned some hard lessons with the Essendon case, Australia should lead the way in developing a better approach to drug control and anti-doping in sport.
Thirty-four current and former Essendon footballers have been suspended for 12 months for a doping offence.
Some might think the anti-doping principle of strict liability is too harsh. But the banned Essendon players unfortunately may be barking up the wrong tree if they think they are innocent victims.
When ASADA issued infraction notices against 34 past or present Essendon footballers, the case was heard – as per World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) protocol – by the anti-doping tribunal of the relevant…
This week the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) meets in Sydney to hear a case by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against 34 past or present Essendon Football Club players. This hearing stems from…
Is WADA an appropriate body to be entrusted with the sole authority to investigate doping in sport?
Proposed changes to anti-doping are likely to increase WADA's powers, but in the search to detect doping athletes, the innocent are likely to be punished along with the guilty.
By laying charges against the Essendon Football Club, WorkSafe Victoria has accepted that its mandate extends to professional sports.
The implications of the bringing of OHS charges extend far beyond Essendon. For WorkSafe Victoria and professional sporting competitions, it is the equivalent of crossing the rubicon.
Feet to the fire. Is athletics going the way of cycling?
Where can sport go when performance-related doping always seems one step ahead? The WADA report should open the door to a more rational future.
Footage was recently aired of Jake Carlisle, now at St Kilda, ingesting a white powder while on an end-of-year holiday.
This week the AFL announced revisions to its illicit drug policy. With strident critics calling for “zero tolerance” and even criminal sanctions for transgressions, it is an opportunity to reflect on why…
NRL players Aaron Gray and Dylan Walker suffered a life-threatening reaction to a combination of controlled drugs.
The use of prescription-only painkillers by athletes is hardly new, but debate about their (ab)use in Australia has recently been brought into focus by the emergency hospitalisation of South Sydney NRL…
FIFA, world football’s governing body, continues to be embroiled in scandal.
The recent untoward behaviours in sport are not limited to athletes alone. Rather, there are allegations of corruption throughout sports systems.
Level playing field?
The current anti-doping regulation clearly isn't working. Perhaps it is time to change our approach.
Usain Bolt (centre) won the highly anticipated men’s 100m event at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
In sport, there seems no reasonable justification for drawing a line in the sand that places drug use on one side and the other performance enhancers on the other.
Athletics’ reputation could be about to plumb the same depths as cycling.
The world of sport has been rocked by the explosive allegations that surfaced over the weekend.