Doping in elite sport

On Monday the World Anti-Doping Agency handed down its strongest sanction ever by announcing their decision to ban Russia from world sporting championships for the next 4 years. The ban will exclude Russia from competing at the 2020 Tokyo Games and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Russia has a cloudy history when it comes to sports doping, in fact this entire saga started back in 2014 when Russia was accused of state sponsored doping at the Sochi Winter Games. Russian athletes who can prove they have not benefited from doping will be allowed to compete at international events under a neutral flag.

Breakfast host Alex James spoke to Demi Patterson, a Sports Dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sport, about Australia’s response to Russia’s ban and how young athletes can monitor their diet to reduce chances of ingesting prohibited substances.

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