Sports betting is an inevitable part of almost any sporting event that involves athletes from various teams. The rules governing these games are inclusive and rather complicated; this makes it rather difficult for the bookies to commit with certainty certain games, events, and bets, especially if it concerns matters like the scheduling of events, players, and competitions and even the provision of gambling activities. This is where the existence of anti-doping in sports books and the fight against it come into place.
There are some who believe that the fight against performance-enhancing drugs and the use of performance-enhancing drugs have nothing to do with sports. However, there are athletes, coaches, and sports organizations that recognize the value of using reliable and effective performance enhancing drugs in order to enhance performances and win competitions. The World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA is an international organization that was formed in response to the widespread and unprecedented number of positive tests for performance enhancement conducted by athletes both during and after athletic events. The book examines sports doping in sports books, its regulation, and how it can be prevented or dealt with.
As long as the players and athletes are given the proper guidance and assistance in selecting the best performance enhancing drugs for their specific needs and purposes and are also made aware of their responsibilities towards maintaining a clean slate, then the game itself will benefit from these latest doping control regulations. In the process, the game will be given a better chance to become more widely known to fans, media, and sponsors. The book examines sports cheating in sports books by looking into why certain performance enhancing drugs are banned and why some are not banned but still in use by the athletes and trainers. It also looks into why the rules of performance enhancing drugs were changed to make it harder to get any sort of prescription drugs for performance enhancement.
Some of the chapters of this book look at the history and evolution of the world anti-doping agency, how it came into being, and how it deals with sports cheating today. The first chapter focuses on the conception and founding of the world anti-doping agency. Then, the next chapters look into the history and evolution of the original performance-enhancing drug, what it was first used for, and how it became banned. The next chapter looks into the definition of performance-enhancing drugs and how they are banned now. Then, the third chapter examines how the world anti-doping code came into being and how it has been enforced. Finally, the book ends with a short and succinct look at how the implementation of the current world anti-doping code can affect an athlete’s rights and protect them against performance enhancing drug use.
I would have liked to have looked at some of the stories and the anecdotes more closely, such as whether Lance Armstrong took performance enhancing substances before his historic Tour de France victory, or whether long-time drug user Tiger Woods used HGH to boost his golf game. Or if golfer Timothy Pleskow took performance enhancing substances before his loss in the Masters tournament to Joanna Page. Some other topics that do not fit with the scope of this quick read are the use of growth hormone to increase strength, the potential biological manipulation of humans, and the use of performance enhancing substances during performances. Some interesting data on some of these topics would have been interesting to include in a much longer book such as this. However, it is a quick read so it is good to start out with this volume and learn about some of the performance enhancing substances that athletes are using today.
Overall, this is a very informative and entertaining book. It would have been more interesting to have looked at some of the more detailed anecdotes and the broader socio-legal and political themes related to in sport. These are the kinds of things that can be discussed in a doctoral dissertation, but this book does not break any new ground. It is more of an informational tour de force and a quick read. The author is an athlete and has worked in the professional and recreational worlds of sports. So, he knows what he is talking about when it comes to issues of performance enhancing drugs and how athletes may be using them right now to stay ahead of competition.