Following up from my last post on the Australians Sports Commissions intentions to have all athletes and officials who receive high performance funding, sign a statutory declaration to declare they are not participating in doping activities. I read an article in the Guardian a couple of days ago about United Kingdom Anti-Doping's Chief Executive Andy Parkinson supporting the suggestion of lie-detector use in catching out doping cheats. Parkinson stated the main advantage of this type of test was its innovative nature as he believes Anti-doping Organisations need to become more innovative if they are going to decrease doping in professional sport. The use of lie detectors as a recognised method of finding cheats would have to be approved by the World Anti-doping Authority (WADA) before it could be implemented.
This may be considered an extreme step, however, I do agree with Parkinson about the need for innovation. It is great to see the UK coming up with possible strategies to decrease doping use in sport, just as Australia and other nations around the world are attempting to do. At the end of the day isn't that what want to see? All athletes on a level playing field and competing to win because the are the fastest, strongest or have the best endurance not because they have access to the most advanced drug.
Original article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/mar/13/uk-anti-doping-lie-detectors