Is the WADA code on drugs too oppressive on players
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to refuse to adopt the World Anti doping agency citing it as too restrictive. Is the code too stringent or is the attitude of the players too lax when it comes to drugs
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The code by forcing athletes to declare a precise spot of where they are likely to be makes athletes vulnerable not just to the right people but the wrong people such as terrorists. In a country like India that has multiple terrorist problems both from Maoists and Kashmiri seperatists giving information could make a person vulnerable to being kidnapped and taken hostage or assassinated
Violates human rights.
The WADA code demands that players of any sport registered to it provide information. This is something that violates human rights. Firstly it violates the right to freedom from arbitrary surveillance something that's recognised under article 17 under the convenant of civil and political rights. [[http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm]] It also implies that a person is guilty before being proved innocent something that is also reinforced by the fact that every person has the right to protection from invasions of privacy.
Further more the code can also be found to be possibly violating Article 14 of the convenant in that it implies that a person is guilty before being made innocent rather than innocent until proven guility. This is something that has resonance in rugby union where three players were banned for nine months after refusing to take drugs tests to determine whether they had taken drugs.[["BBC Sports news "Ex Bath Trio found Guilty" http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/bath/8093596.stm%5D%5D
Can put a person in a position where they could entrap themselves
The WADA code because it is so stringent could force a person into a position where they incriminate themselves by missing a doping test because of extreme circumstances and potentially being faced being banned for a year. Something like this happened to Christine Ohurugu who was banned for a year after missing three drugs test and received a lifetime ban from competing in the Olympics when her third missed test was allegedly as a result of a change in her training schedule that meant she was pushed into a position where she triggered the ban through an error.[[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/5328420.stm]]
If you play Professional or senior sport then you have to expect to abide by the rules of the sport
If you play professional sport meaning that you are paid for it or you are involved in serious competition then you have to expect to abide by the rules of the sport and if that involves submitting to some limitations in their right to privacy then so be it.
Players who play competitive sport in serious competition forfeit some right to privacy in exchange for the proof that they are worthy of the mass adoration of fans and the large wages that some of them get.
Damage to credibility of sport damages society
From baseball to cycling to swimming drugs have damaged sport's credibility wherever they have been around. Look at the damaging effects drugs have had on cycling for example with the Tour De France almost being stopped as a result of the yearly drug scandals hitting a large number of tours during the nineties and noughties which came to a peak when the yellow jersey winner in 2007 Floyd Landis was stripped of his title.[[Israely Jeff "Drugs Scandal Hits Tour De France http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1823890,00.html%5D%5D The tough measures used by WADA counter a greater threat the threat of most if not all sports losing all their credibility leading to a lot of kids losing amongst aspiration to be fair and to keep fit. It is important in any field (like academia) just as in sport that the results are accurate even if that means increased pressure on those who take part in the sport.
If it is so oppressive then why have so many sports signed on to it
Over 571 sports organisations have signed on to all parts of the WADA anti doping code including the whereabouts cause which shows that there is strong agreement that the code may be restrictive but it does not represent a major threat to players in all forms of sport including cricket [[ R Mohan "Code Small Price to pay for drug free sport" 123 India.com http://cricket.123india.com/news/082009/420090806.html%5D%5D
Giving sport a bad reputation
Anyone taking part in sports of any kind should be expected not to take drugs, whether legal (alcohol, tobacco) or illegal, except on prescription. These players are professionals, so an additional factor comes into play. They are being paid presumably to be fit and healthy.
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