Investigation & Trafficking

The traditional strategy for combating doping in sport has been a three-pronged approach, relying on testing, research and education, and focusing squarely on the athlete.But major busts, such as BALCO in the U.S. and Festina in France, demonstrated that doping often occurs on a broad scale and involves the participation of well-financed and well-organized members of the athlete entourage—those who profit from the athlete’s success, derived from doping, while risking very little themselves.

Heightening the risk is the ease with which one can gain access to doping substances and information via the Internet or through other trafficking avenues.

With the growing recognition of the power of these influences, it is imperative that additional strategies be combined with testing, research and education to ensure an efficient and effective anti-doping fight.

Two key areas of focus are investigations and trafficking.