The accreditation of the anti-doping laboratory: science and politics in the fight against doping in sport

Daniel Giordani Vasques Ekain Zubizarreta Zuzuarregi Marco Paulo Stigger About the authors


Social research on doping and anti-doping has grown in recent years. However, its distribution is uneven. The objective is to study how WADA and Brazilian government for having an operational laboratory affected anti-doping. We adopted an ethnographic approach to describe the processes of suspension, revocation and re-accreditation of LBCD (2013-2015). Using pragmatic sociology concepts, it is possible to identify actors’ associations and interests. Specifically, the paper will show that WADA managed to pressure the government through the 2013 revocation – forcing it to act and to associate with other actors − but it was then flexible to re-accredit a laboratory in inadequate conditions, in order to have it operational for 2016 Games.

Anti-doping; Accreditation; Politics; Science

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