Kicking Goals with Testing

When it comes to drug testing and anti-doping, we all want a fair and level playing field. Drug-testing in the sporting arena has become more sophisticated in recent years.  And Australia has played a major part in this process. In 1999, just prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the world athletic community set up WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency) as an urgent response to drugs in sport.

The Australian Olympic Committee, responsible for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, had repeatedly pushed for a clean Australian Olympics. And partly in response to this, the International Olympic Committee took initiative, setting up the First World Conference on Doping in Sport in Lausanne in February 1999. A major proposal of the Conference was the need for a unified and global approach to drugs in sport.

On November 10, 1999 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was born.

WADA ‘s impact on doping in sport and the need for stringent drug testing has been pronounced.  Its Current President, Australian John Fahey, outlines its vision; “WADA was founded on the principles that athletes have a fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and that doping endangers athlete health and the integrity of sport.[1]”

In addition it can be argued the general public also has a fundamental right to demand a high degree of integrity and honesty of their professional athletes when it comes to doping, drugs, performance and testing. This is particularly true in Australia, where sport is a national pastime.  In real terms, the issue of drugs in sport moves beyond the players and the playing fields, and extends into the wider community in terms of impact, integrity and cultural values. The recent exploits of professional players such as Ben Cousens, Brendan Fevola and the drug scandal that threatened to derail The Newcastle Knights Rugby League team stand as stern reminders of the extent of the problem. [2]

Australia’s national sports drug testing body ASADA (Australian Sport Anti Doping Authority) has in recent times, continued to push the charge for drug free sport on the national and international arena. On March 10 2011, The Minister for Sport, Senator Mark Arbib stated “there is increasing evidence that doping and drugs in sport is becoming more sophisticated and widespread and remains a real threat to the integrity of fair play everywhere.”  He pointed to ASADA’s excellent attempts to keep abreast of testing and monitoring of players on an ongoing basis. Thorough and regular testing is the key… as ASADA’s Anne Gripper has maintained in the past; “One of the things that we hear continually from our Australian athletes is that they know they’re tested a lot, they know they’re subjected to a robust, comprehensive drug-testing program.” [3]

The recent ban of Surf Lifesaving Competitor Travis Sheehy as well as Hockey Player Sarah Jane Bennett are cases in point.

ASADA in fact implements their testing system through the ADAMS program which is a

doping control database that can be used both in- and out-of-competition. Stakeholders can use ADAMS to plan, coordinate, and order tests, as well as manage test results.

This program has similarities with CMM Technology’s Mediscreen approach to testing, which can be managed and co-ordinated off-site by testing specialists whose services are tailored to industry requirements.

For a quality, ethically based approach to testing phone CMM Technology on 08-9204-2522


[1] http://www.wada-ama.org/en/About-WADA/Presidents-Welcome-Message/

[2]http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/nrl-premiership/newcastle-knights-say-chris-houston-lied-over-involvement-in-drugs-scandal/story-fn2mcuj6-1225918527155

[3] http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/stories/s727871.htm

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