Are there honest intentions in the fight against doping? The case of Cyprus

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    Abstract: Doping and the use of prohibited substances is one of the major issues that sport is
    facing currently in Cyprus. The fact that an increasing number of athletes tested positive on
    the island over the last couple of years raised additional concerns and the issue became even
    more contentious. In this climate of controversy and concern regarding doping and the use of
    prohibited substances by athletes in Cyprus, the Cyprus Sport Organization took a radical
    decision in 2008 in which the Cyprus National Anti-Doping Agency, which had been operating
    for over 20 years as a branch of the Cyprus Sport Organization, would cease to operate by
    May 2009, giving its position over to the Cyprus National Anti-Doping Organization
    (NADO), as prescribed by the international anti-doping agencies. The aim of this paper is to
    examine one basic issue: Are there honest intentions or not in the fight against doping in the
    case of Cyprus? The cause for this research paper arose from the experiences gathered during
    the process of the transformation of the Cyprus National Anti-Doping Agency to a National
    Anti-Doping Organization, and especially from the resistance that evolved from the top sports
    administrators in the National Sports Federations in Cyprus. What are the
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-154
    JournalEuropean Journal for Sport and Society
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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