World Anti-Doping Code Commentary Project

The first fully comprehensive resource for anti-doping practitioners, providing guidance along all steps of the doping control process. With topics ranging from signatory compliance to application of the sanctioning regime, the commentary will assist the anti-doping movement to achieve a more effective implementation and harmonized interpretation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

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The Significance of Maria Sharapova’s Fault

CAS Award: CAS 2016/A/4643, Maria Sharapova v. ITF, 30 September 2016. This Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) award puts (at least for the moment)[1] an end to Maria Sharapova (or the “Player”)’s doping ordeal [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|No Significant Fault or Negligence|0 Comments

Cocaine blues: What the Paolini case suggests about “recreational” drug use under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code

The Paolini decision, which was decided by the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (“UCI”) anti-doping tribunal (the “UCI Tribunal”) provides insight into the question of how Prohibited Substances used “recreationally” could be treated under the 2015 World [...]

Meldonium and Moral Fault: Five Lessons Learned from the Sharapova ITF Tribunal Decision

In Fall 2015, WADA announced its decision to add the anti-ischemic drug “Meldonium” to its Prohibited List with effect on 1 January 2016, after the Monitoring Program and observation period 2015 revealed “evidence of its [...]

Talk is Cheap: The Daiders CAS Award on the Evidence Needed for a Contaminated Supplement Defense

CAS Award: CAS 2014/A/3615, WADA v. Lauris Daiders, Jànis Daiders, and FIM, January 30, 2015 While the fact pattern in this case – the unexplained presence of a Prohibited Substance allegedly attributable to supplement contamination [...]

The ISSF v. WADA CAS Award: Another Therapeutic Use Exemption Request for Beta Blockers Shot Down

CAS Award: CAS 2013/A/3437, International Shooting Sport Federation v. WADA,  December 18, 2014. The granting of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (“TUE”) is an important aspect of an Anti-Doping Organization’s daily activities. It is also the only [...]

By |August 10th, 2015|Therapeutic Use Exemptions|0 Comments

The Stewart CAS Award: “Paperwork” Violations and Principles Surrounding “Retrospective” Therapeutic Use Exemptions

CAS Award: CAS 2014/A/3876, Stewart v. FIM, April 27, 2015. FACTS James Stewart, a professional motocross and supercross rider, had been regularly taking the medication “Adderall” since 2012,[1] when he underwent an In-Competition Doping Control [...]