Ethics of Drug Testing in Sport--An Invasion of Privacy Justified?

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Title Ethics of Drug Testing in Sport--An Invasion of Privacy Justified?
Author Malloy, D. C.; Zakus, Dwight
Journal Name Sport, Education and Society
Editor NA
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Basingstoke
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract Though agencies, such as the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Australian Sports Drug Agency, argue that much effort is being directed toward educating athletes about the virtues of fair play, the risks of drug use, and the ethics of cheating, the primary focus of government led initiatives is catching cheaters through testing. As a result, a decade following the inaugural Canadian Inquiry random drug testing is an accepted part of the culture of elite sport and is recognised as the most powerful deterrent for prospective abusers. As public confidence rests implicitly upon testing as the best and only direct means to establish a fair level of competition, it is perhaps not surprising that little attention is given to the ethical implications of testing as an invasion of privacy. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the ethical implications of testing athletes for the use of banned substances and determine if the current course of action is a morally justified suspension of privacy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Volume 7
Issue Number 2
Edition NA
Page from 203
Page to 218
ISSN 1357-3322
Date Accessioned 2003-03-05
Language en_AU
Subject PRE2009-Professional Ethics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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