Anti-doping control bodies are themselves in need of control.
Anti-doping laboratories have historically worked well, but the anti-doping organisations themselves lack oversight.
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Most big bureaucratic organisations are subject to oversight from civil society, but not FIFA.
Steve Smith has borne the brunt of the public and media vitriol over Australian cricket’s ball-tampering scandal.
If the Australian cricketers involved in a ball-tampering scandal manage to return to the game, and do so triumphantly, it is likely they will be forgiven – and some may even forget their role in it.
In happier times: Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith talk to the media during the victorious Ashes series.
Altering the condition of the match ball is against the rules of the sport, contrary to 'the spirit of cricket', and deemed to be 'unfair'. It is a form of cheating.
Former Brisbane Lions footballer Michael Close suffered a serious knee injury during a game at Etihad Stadium.
Michael Close's lawsuit raises questions about the legal liabilities of sporting clubs, venues and organisations.
Eight teams will take to the field for the second AFLW season – but transgender woman Hannah Mouncey will not be among them.
The decision to exclude transgender woman Hannah Mouncey from the AFLW may breach anti-discrimination law, and contradicts the AFL’s public position of embracing diversity and inclusivity.
Leading Australian cricketers have indicated they may boycott forthcoming tournaments if no pay deal is reached.
Cricket has experienced its fair share of industrial drama over the years – and the 2017 dispute looks like a re-run of a brawl that enveloped the sport in Australia 20 years ago.
Making it into the world championships can depend more on your sport's rules than how good you are.
Will sports betting ever expand beyond Nevada?
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Betting on sports has been illegal in most states since 1992. Is it time that changed?
Former rugby league player Alex McKinnon is said to be considering legal action against both Melbourne Storm and the NRL.
Proving negligence in sports injury legal cases comes down to establishing what goes beyond the "norm" in playing culture.
The standard of proof that applies in different types of judicial proceedings may result in quite different verdicts.
After saying he was 'deeply suspicious', a judge cleared a man of child pornography offences. We need to understand the standard of proof to make sense of verdicts, including AFL rulings on doping.
More than two decades after the World Medical Association called for a ban on boxing, knocking a person senseless is still condoned, even celebrated.
The death of a 23-year-old boxer and the lifting of cage-fighting bans in every state but Western Australia raise the question of why we allow violence that would be criminal outside a ring or cage.
The law won’t save you.
The multi-million dollar settlement of damages from one of the National Hockey League’s most famous punches is a reminder that violent incidences rarely come to the attention of the courts, though they…
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The British Horse Racing Authority has revealed a total of seven racehorses have now tested positive for morphine in post-race samples. Unremarkable perhaps to a public jaded by reports of human athletes…
Dexter Blackstock will have his day in court.
Footballers are employees, and they deserve the same protections from loss of earnings through injury as you or I. But the astronomical sums involved in the modern game could lead to a worrying situation…
Falling prices? £85m Gareth Bale could move clubs for nothing.
Footballers, it turns out, want the same rights as everyone else. If you or I want to move jobs, our new employer doesn’t have to pay anything. Should football players be any different? To gain this freedom…
It looks likely to be lawyers at ten paces as Essendon and the AFL head to court over the supplements scandal.
The only real winners in the whole Essendon drug supplement saga are set to be the lawyers. With all parties “lawyering up” and multiple court actions either under way or threatened, legal eagles will…