What is doping?

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Doping is when an athlete makes use of banned substances to aid his or her training, as well as their performance during competitions. In most cases, steroids are the substances that people have in mind when referring to doping of athletes.

There are however other forbidden substances like hormones; diuretics, marijuana, narcotics and stimulants are substances that athletes opt to use to enhance their skills and performance. Likewise, there are also certain methods that are used that can be construed as doping and these include gene doping or even blood transfusion. An athlete’s refusals to undergo some drug testing as well as tampering of doping controls are also considered as forbidden methods.

United Nations Convention on Doping

The United Nations or UN has adopted a convention in October to 2005 to address the concerns on doping among athletes. This was in response to the growing calls on addressing the unethical behavior in the world of sports especially about doping.

Governments from different countries entered into an agreement to implement the international law on anti-doping. This is an important agreement as each government has the responsibility of applying the laws to punish those athletes who are engaged in doping.

The convention has the objective at ensuring that the world anti-doping code becomes effective in countries. At that time, the world anti-doping code is a document that is only applied to sports organizations’ members and is a not a document of governments.

The UN Convention on doping contains a legal framework that governments can utilize to deal with certain aspects of doping in their respective countries.

The said convention is helping the formalization of the anti-doping regulations and rules as well as guidelines so that there will be a level playing field for all athletes regardless of their sport.

The convention was implemented on February 2007.

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