Doping controls doomed to fail, says new study
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - The current controls on drug use in sport are doomed to fail and performed largely for show, according to researchers on a new study produced in Australia.
The University of Adelaide study - Anti-doping systems in sports are doomed to fail: a probability and cost analysis - examining worldwide data of positive doping tests from 93 different sports, found that single, random drug tests caught drug cheats just 2.9 per cent of the time. For a 100 per cent strike rate, every athlete in the world would need to be drug tested up to 50 times a year.
"The current system of anti-doping testing is inadequate to eliminate doping," study co-author professor Maciej Henneberg said in a statement on Friday. "It appears that anti-doping policies are in place more for perception, to show that the right thing is being done.
"In practice... the anti-doping system is doomed to fail."