Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, seen here after competing in the women’s free skate program at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A doctor and lifelong figure skater explains what was found in Valieva’s drug test, what effects the substances might have and how performance enhancements might benefit a figure skater.
And why doping cheats may never be caught.
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.
There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of steroids seized at the Australian border over time.
There is an urgent need to reconsider steroid use as a public health issue as opposed to a criminal justice concern.
While AI seems unstoppable, our improved understanding of human brains is levelling the playing field for now.
Using our heads. New ways to battle doping in Olympic year.
The ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics feels like a victory, but it masks an insular system which is spread too thin.
Are your colleagues using drugs to succeed at work?
Smart drugs are known to boost cognition in healthy people – but are they a form of cheating?
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.
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.
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.
Two news outlets have alleged there was widespread cheating in endurance sports between 2001 and 2012.
Organisers of the World Championship in Athletics will be on their toes after recent revelations of mass doping by endurance athletes. Here’s what you need to know about doping and how to evade it.
Galen Rupp embraces Coach Salazar after winning the 10,000-meter event last year.
The unfolding doping scandal involving Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project follows the same plot as that of Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service cycling team.
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others.
Our study found that 8% of the 1,684 elite Australian athletes we surveyed said they had used at least one of six illicit drugs – including ecstasy, cocaine and cocaine – over the previous year.
Alex Rodriguez is back on the Yankees’ roster following his one-year suspension for using banned performance enhancing drugs.
Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees’ erstwhile third baseman, has had an interesting career in more ways than one. His use of steroids has resulted in a sullied reputation and a one-year suspension without…