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Volume: 4 Issue: 11
(November 2006)

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opinion wad ban athletes recreational drug use first class cricket england wales had four positive anti-doping tests last decade all

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Opinion: WADA should not ban athletes for recreational drug use

First class cricket in England and Wales has had four positive anti-doping tests in the last decade. All four were for "recreational" drugs - cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy. Not one of the players involved was trying to gain a competitive advantage in his cricket. Not one was cheating anybody except, perhaps, himself. All were banned from cricket for periods of time that, in one case at least, brought an end to their playing days. One was an amateur who had devoted 15 selfless years to Scottish cricket at great personal sacrifice. In all cases, they were subject to disciplinary proceedings because cricket had opted to use the World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) list of prohibited substances as the basis for its anti-doping regime. Why were these drugs on the list at all?

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