31 October 2016
In this edition of Strategy-Eyes we have extracted a portion of the chapter written by PCS Team Members Professor Joellen Riley (who is on a leave of absence during her term as Dean of Sydney Law School) and David Weiler (Associate).
In the lead up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro we witnessed a resurgence of controversy around doping in sport, including the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) considering banning the entire Russian team from competing in the Games. Ultimately the IOC decided to allow 278 of the 389 Russian athletes to compete. However, the seriousness of the allegations against the Russian Government highlights the need for a better understanding of the regulation of performance enhancing drugs in sport.
Closer to home, the majority of the 34 past and present Essendon Bombers players who were charged with using prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) following the 2013 AFL doping scandal are set to have their bans expire at the end of this year.
Doping in Sport and the Law1 is an edited book that seeks to fill a knowledge gap in the academic literature surrounding these controversies with a range of experts in their respective fields of study contributing views. However, it is not just for lawyers or academics. Former President of WADA, John Fahey, AC, has described it as “a significant resource for athletes and officials. It should certainly be read by sport medical officers, coaches and club directors.” This chapter seeks to explore the complex nature of the employment relationship of professional athletes whose “work” falls under the authority of WADA and looks at the rights and responsibilities of both the employee and employer in these circumstances.
1 Edited by Ulrich Haas, Professor of Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and Deborah Healey, Associate Professor of Law at UNSW, Australia, published on 22 September 2016 by Hart Publishing. The book is available for purchase from Co-op bookstores and online at: http://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/doping-in…