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promoting whistleblowing on doping

Blowing the whistle on doping offences represents an effective way of identifying those who may be taking or encouraging others to take banned substances.

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The European Union co-funded this whistleblowing project, in which we hope to make whistleblowing common practice for athletes and coaches who witness doping in sport. It involves a collaboration of nine organizations from seven different European countries.  

What is Doping?

Doping refers to:

  1. The presence of banned substances within an athlete’s sample
  2. The consumption of banned substances (e.g., Anabolic Androgenic Steroids) or methods (e.g., blood doping) to enhance performance.
  3. Evading, failing, or refusing to provide a sample
  4. Missing 3 tests within a 12-month period
  5. Tampering, or trying to tamper with samples
  6. Being in possession of banned substances
  7. Trafficking banned substances (or trying to do so)
  8. Administering banned substances (or trying to do so)
  9. Assisting/encouraging others to take banned substances
  10. Being in the company of athletes serving a ban

What is the Problem with Doping in Sport?

  • Doping undermines the principle of fair competition
  • Athletes who take banned substances will have an unfair advantage over athletes who complete clean.
  • Taken banned substances can cause serious health problems to the liver, heart, kidneys, and reproductive system, which are often irreversible.
  • Doping is also linked to serious mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.

What is Whistleblowing?​

A recent factsheet by the European Union revealed that whistleblowing involves speaking up and report wrongdoing.

Within the context of doping and sport, a whistle-blower is an individual who reports a suspected anti-doping rule violation.