Anti-Doping in Sport Global Thematic Research Report 2022 with an overview of the history of sport with the issue –

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The report “Fight against doping in sport – Thematic research” has been added to from offer.

An analysis of the problems facing the sport in the fight against doping and cheating, and an overview of the history of the sport with the question

With increased commercialization and ever-increasing sums of money, the stakes in sport have never been higher. As a result, the rewards for winning are higher than they’ve ever been, and with that comes the potential for cheating. While most athletes are likely doping-free, several major scandals over the past decade have challenged this notion.

Because of these scandals, most sports now have anti-doping programs to catch cheaters, with athletes regularly being tested for doping. To ensure that athletes are caught off guard, many doping tests are completely random and theoretically an athlete could have to undergo one at any time. Some athletes have complained about the sometimes intrusive nature of the testing, but many see it as a necessary evil to keep the sport clean.

Sports like cycling have come under heavy fire due to the amount of doping involved. This was brought to light after it was revealed that Lance Armstrong had a sophisticated system in place to dodge drug tests which helped him win seven Tour de France titles. Russian Olympic teams have been other frequent culprits, with another recent scandal occurring as recently as the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The sport is currently seen as being as fair as it has ever been, with the increased quality of testing and better knowledge of what different substances do. Combat sports like MMA have benefited immensely from the cleanup, with organizations like the UFC and Bellator being as popular and entertaining as they’ve ever been.

However, a sport like baseball is in the unique position of being weaker since anti-doping regulations have been improved. MLB’s most popular era was the 90s when steroid use was prevalent. Currently, MLB’s viewership is declining every year and the league is struggling to find a way to reverse the trend.


  • Baseball has faced declining interest for many years in North America. While the league is still very profitable and has seen a solid comeback in terms of attendance throughout 2021, the league’s television viewership in 2021 was 12% down from 2019. a is the average age of baseball fans, which is much older than most other sports leagues at 57. It shows how poor a job baseball does at attracting young fans to sustain long-term interest in the sport. While much of the 90s and early 2000s was marred by the steroid scandal involving legends such as Barry Bonds, increased home runs and excitement led to a 44% increase in game attendance, while league revenue increased by 115%. While the answer may not be to allow doping in baseball, the numbers indicate that the height of baseball’s popularity came at a time when cheating was commonplace. This puts baseball in a strangely unique situation that no other sport has ever faced, and their long-term strategy must focus on getting younger crowds back into the sport. However, this could be a problem in North America, where basketball and American football are already so popular.

  • There has long been a debate over whether doping or match-fixing is a greater threat to the sport. The author of the McLaren report, which investigated Russian state-sponsored doping, argued that match-fixing and manipulation of sporting revenue pose greater threats to sporting integrity. A report commissioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) found that only 600 of the 14,000 athletes participating in ITF tournaments earned enough money to cover their own costs. This leaves a large number of athletes financially vulnerable and susceptible to being targeted by match fixing.

  • Reports on the matter have, however, been conflicting as to what is most damaging in the sport. A 2011 report by the International Center for Sports Affairs at the UK’s Coventry University found that 96% of corruption cases in sport were related to doping, while corruption related to betting and match-fixing accounted for less than 3% of all cases. While these numbers may be skewed differently now, the fact that the past decade has been dominated by constant doping scandals underscores that doping may well be a bigger issue for organized sport.

  • Sports washing has been a topic of discussion related to financial doping in football. In recent years there has been an increasing involvement of nations with poor human rights records in the world of sport. Saudi Arabia, which recently bought Newcastle football club through a government investment fund and acquired a Grand Prix following an agreement with the FIA, is a prime example. This comes despite widespread condemnation of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, as well as a recent story where 81 Saudi prisoners were executed in a single day. Chelsea fans have recently come under fire for their fervent defense of former owner Roman Abramovich following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the nature of his close relationship with Vladimir Putin.


  • This report provides an overview of the history of doping in sport and the ongoing challenges sport faces in eliminating it.

  • It identifies major doping scandals that have unfolded over the past twenty years and the long-term ramifications of many of these events.

  • A look at other types of doping in sport, including financial doping and match-fixing, and how they have affected major sporting events.

  • A detailed overview of the anti-doping value chain that highlights how athletes can earn money and what can be lost if they test positive for a banned substance.

Main topics covered:

  • Summary

  • Players

  • Thematic briefing

  • Tendencies

  • Industry analysis

  • Market size and growth forecast

  • Chronology

  • Value chain


  • premier league

  • UEFA

  • NBA

  • NFL

  • cfu

  • IOC

  • WADA



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