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Anti-Doping Agencies

Learn about how the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency regulate and enforce doping rules.


The use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, known as doping, is considered a form of cheating. Doping is a key factor in an athlete’s eligibility to play sports because athletes who are found to be using prohibited drugs may face a variety of sanctions or legal repercussions, ranging from a temporary or lifetime ban from sports to imprisonment.

I. Justification for Drug Testing

Sports leagues and sport governing bodies justify drug testing programs for four main reasons, including:...