Tokyo 2020’s Doping Conundrum

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Should athletes facing doping violations be eligible for the delayed 2020 Olympic Games?

While the world is trying to navigate through this time of uncertainty, there are many things that are unknown. When will we get a vaccine, and what are the long term effects on economies, tend to be at the top of people’s lists. However, for a few select athletes, the biggest unknown is eligibility.

What is WADA?

The World Anti-Doping Agency has bee around for just over two decades. Formed in November of 1999, it has served as really an extension of the International Olympic Committee. Based in Montreal, Canada, WADA helps to regulate the ongoing problem of doping in sports, specifically international solo events. They are the judge, jury and executioner for many who are suspected or caught taking performance enhancing substances. WADA tested nearly 350,000 athletes in 2018, according to their website.

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Is it fair? What about doping for next year?

What it really comes down to is the question of if it’s fair. This is not an objective debate, and is strictly opinion based. On one hand, you can say that these athletes have served out the punishments they were handed, and through no doing of their own are set to possibly benefit. The athletes would still have to compete to secure their spot like everyone else, and could very well be at a disadvantage, if they didn’t keep in shape. Finally, after all, WADA doesn’t often issue lifetime bans to allow athletes to get at least a theoretical chance at redemption.


A writer living in Japan. Creating articles about the 2020 Tokyo Games. A regular contributor to Junkture Magazine.

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