1st Edition

The World Anti-Doping Code Fit for Purpose?

By Lovely Dasgupta Copyright 2019
    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Following the recent doping scandals that have brought the highest echelons of international sport into disrepute, this book examines the elitism at the core of the World Anti-Doping Agency and considers how the current World Anti-Doping Code might be restructured.

    Analyzing the correlation between the commodification of sports and doping, and the role WADA plays in this context, it takes into consideration the perspectives of non-elite athletes as well as athletes from developing countries which have previously been excluded from the anti-doping discourse. It offers recommendations for improving the coordination and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code and argues for the creation of a more inclusive anti-doping regime.

    This is an important resource for students of sports law, sports management and sports ethics, as well as vital reading for sports administrators, sports sociologists, sports policy makers, sports lawyers and arbitrators, as well as athletes themselves.

    1. The Anti-Doping Narrative: A Case of Self Legitimization,  2. The Russian Doping Scandal and WADA Code: A Flawed deal for a Developing Country/Non-Elite Athlete?,  3. Re-Look at the WADA Code: An Elitist Paradigm or an Inclusive Document4. WADA from a Non-Elite Perspective: The Missing Link in the Anti-Doping Discourse,  5. Changing the Anti-Doping Narrative: Time to Incorporate the Subaltern Discourse,  6. Conclusions


    Lovely Dasgupta is Assistant Professor of Law at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India, with particular interests in Sports Law, Competition Law and Contract Law. She became one of the pioneers in the field of studying and researching on Sports Law from an Indian perspective and was one of the first from the Indian legal fraternity to develop and teach the subject called Sports Law. She has appeared in interviews aired on the BBC about the doping scenario in India and Women’s Cricket in India.