International conference about the consequenses of the anti-doping effort

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By Ditte Toft
The International Network of Humanistic Doping Research hosts its yearly conference this August. The focus of the conference will be the anti-doping work with a special focus on the unintended consequences this work entails.

Catching doping users and reducing the use of doping and banned substances among athletes through testing and education are among the intended effects of the anti-doping work, which is handled by both the international anti-doping agency WADA and the national anti-doping agencies, NADOS.

While the effects of these efforts are greatly exposed, the unintended effects of the anti-doping effort are reviewed and evaluated to a much lesser extent.

The conference 'Evaluating the unintended effects of anti-doping', taking place at the University of Aarhus, Denmark on 27-28 August, 2015, will direct the focus to some of the unintended effects of the anti-doping work. Key questions to be discussed at the conference include:

  • What have been the unintended consequences for athletes?
  • How have ideas of anti-doping changed?
  • How has anti-doping changed the culture of sport?
  • Are blood passports, whereabouts reporting, and anti-doping testing helping?
  • What have the consequences been for athletes who have tested positive under the new regime?
  • What social, ethical, historical, and legal implications have been realized through anti-doping?

Among the keynote speakers will be:

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö, Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Letizia Paoli, Professor, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Verner Møller, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Paul Dimeo, Dr., University of Stirling, UK
  • Michael Rasmussen, Former professional cyclist, Denmark
  • Herman Ram, Chief Executive, the Dutch anti-doping authority, The Netherlands
  • Niels Christian Jung, Investigative journalist, Danish Broadcasting Cooperation, Denmark

Call for papers
A part from the keynotes, the conference also presents number of parallel sessions. Therefore the INDHR invites interested parties to submit abstracts presenting research related to the conference topic.

Interested parties should submit abstracts before 1 April 2015.

More information

The conference 'Evaluating the unintended effects of anti-doping' takes place at Aarhus University, Denamrk on 27-28 August, 2015.



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