Anti-doping: A sustainable ideal across all sporting forms?

National anti-doping organisations in many Western countries extend their practice from elite sport to lower levels of organized competitive sport and to the fitness industry. This raises questions about the meaning of anti-doping. What are the ideas underlying anti-doping in elite sport, and are these meaningful across all sporting forms?


Formal title

Anti-doping: A sustainable ideal across all sporting forms?


The project's main purpose is to explore ethical reasons for a far-reaching anti-doping ideal that includes not merely elite sport but, for example, mass sport and the expanding fitness industry. Anti-doping organizations in several countries expand their practices from elite sport towards other less organized and less competitive sporting forms, without articulating convincing ethical reasons for doing so. This is particularly interesting in the light of a rapid development in the field of performance-enhancing biomedical technology.

Considering the theoretical approach, an objective of the study is to explore how narrative theories on identity and meaning can illuminate the ethical discussion on the use of performance-enhancing biomedical technology in sport and society. 


The project consists of four studies in practical ethics.

(i) The ethics of performance-enhancing drug use among non-competitive gym exercisers: A question of narrative identity?

(ii) The confession dilemma: a narrative approach

(iii) Engines or medicine? A narrative approach to the ethics of performance-enhancing technology in road cycling

(iv) (Not ready yet)