Non-analytical positives: Forensic Interviewing and the detection of doping in sport

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Moston, Stephen
Engelberg, Associate Professor Terry
Skinner, James
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Bob Stewart and Michael Burke

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2014
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The recent revelation that Lance Armstrong was doping (USADA, 2012) caught many in the media and sporting worlds by surprise. However, like many other supposed exposés, the revelations were simply confirming ongoing suspicions. Walsh (2012) for instance, provides a telling historical review of drug use in professional cycling. The Armstrong affair is especially important, though, since several important themes emerge from an analysis of the media coverage given to the release of the USADA report. First, Armstrong appears to have never failed a doping test. Actually, that is not entirely true but this is a popular meme in the retelling of the Armstrong story so we will let that pass. Second, Armstrong was not alone and many other elite cyclists were also doping. Whilst we cannot be certain, ‘many others’ does not equate to ‘all others’. Third, while the strategies used by Armstrong and his colleagues to evade detection were the result of careful planning, it would probably be wrong to think of Armstrong as some form of criminal mastermind. For a wide range of reasons, the anti-doping agencies and sporting bodies were, to all intents and purposes, remarkably easy to outwit. Given these themes, many are asking whether it is now time to reassess the following question: should doping be legalized?

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Drugs and sport: Writings from the Edge

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Forensic Psychology

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