With less than three months until the Rio Olympics, athletes who tested positive to illicit substances in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics could be banned from competing. La Trobe academic, Professor Catherine Ordway, discussed in an interview on Radio National, the current state of doping amongst Olympic athletes.
In her recent television appearance on ABC’s The World, Professor Ordway was interviewed by Beverly O’Connor about the concerns going into the Rio games and the difficulty of monitoring cheating. She asserts that this is due to “athletes now using a whole range of experimental drugs, none of which have been permitted for human use”. As such Professor Ordway illustrates that it is “difficult for the World Anti-Doping Agency to get proper verified studies done in order that they be robust enough to stand up in the Court of Arbitration for Sport”.
Professor Ordway was also interviewed on ABC’s The World Today, where she explained that the world is currently waiting anxiously to find out which athletes may be banned from the Rio games and if any Australians will be caught in the crossfire.