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An analysis of the DCMS Select Committee Report: ‘Combatting doping in sport’ – Part 3 – ‘UK Athletics’ and ‘Criminalisation of doping in sports’

In this, the third and final part of our series on the DCMS Select Committee Report on “Combatting doping in Sport”, Sports Shorts looks at the Report’s findings in relation to performance versus health considerations, record-keeping inadequacies, problems arising from under-funding, and the proposal that doping be made criminalised. The Nike Oregon Project The third … Continue Reading

An analysis of the DCMS Select Committee Report: ‘Combatting doping in sport’ – Part 2 – “British Cycling and Team Sky”

In part two of our three part series on the DCMS Select Committee Report in “Combatting doping in Sport” we consider its controversial findings in respect of British Cycling and Team Sky. It is the second section of the DCMS Select Committee Report that is likely to have the most serious repercussions for two of … Continue Reading

An analysis of the DCMS Select Committee Report: ‘Combatting doping in sport’ – Part 1 “Knowledge and prevalence of doping in world athletics”

On Monday the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (“DCMS Committee”) published its long awaited report of its investigations into doping in sport (the “Report”). The Report has led to a number of sensational headlines concerning those criticised within it. The background to the DCMS’s inquiry has been covered previously by Sports Shorts here. The … Continue Reading

Changes to the “crown jewel” sports events amid UK broadcasting review: An updated analysis of the UK’s Listed Events Regime

Following on from the growing popularity and success of the Women’s Super League and the great form of the England’s Women’s Team, there is a real sense of anticipation and excitement ahead of the UEFA Women’s European Championship finals, to be kicked off this Wednesday by England’s Lionesses versus Austria. In late April, the UK … Continue Reading

Crackdown on Gambling Ads Featuring Sports Stars: New Advertising Rules

As reported in our previous article published in 2019, the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) have been focussing for some time on protecting children and young persons through their regulation of gambling advertising. Under the current rules, gambling ads are prohibited only if they appeal ‘particularly’ to under-18s, which CAP considers means if an ad … Continue Reading

Is a salary cap the answer to Team Sky’s dominance in cycling?

Sports Shorts has previously covered the idea of introducing a form of a salary cap in football after Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA President, suggested that the greatest problem facing football is “the competitive balance between teams”. The idea of balancing competition by imposing a salary cap system is now being discussed amongst the cycling community … Continue Reading

A pro-active approach to doping – raising the bar at the Commonwealth Games

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are currently taking place on the Gold Coast of Australia. With doping still at the forefront of discussions in world sport, especially athletics, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (“ASADA”) implemented a pro-active approach to doping in advance of the Commonwealth Games. More than 3,000 tests were conducted by the ASADA in … Continue Reading

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Combatting Doping in Sport Inquiry: Origin, Scope and Powers

In September 2015, the Department of Culture Media and Sport Committee’s (“Committee”) launched an inquiry into Combatting Doping in Sport Inquiry (“Inquiry”).  This post looks at the origins of the Inquiry, its scope and finishes by looking at its powers and asking whether they are sufficient. Origin Not even the most loyal fan could deny … Continue Reading

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