Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy

Edited by Jack Anderson, Richard Parrish and Borja García

The EU’s influence on sport has traditionally focused on the socio-economic and cultural impact. This Research Handbook on EU Sports Law explores the development of the 'European dimension' in sport, and the concomitant legal issues including, competition law, state aid and free movement of persons. The application of such areas of EU law to sport and the influence of EU law on key policy issues such as, doping, match-fixing and governance, are detailed in this comprehensive collection. The topical chapters by experts in their field, also touch upon the future evolution of EU sports law.
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Chapter 4: The EU’s role on doping in sport

Jack Anderson


This chapter is organised in five parts. First, it reviews the seminal role of the Council of Europe with regard to anti-doping policy. Second, it outlines the EU’s (secondary) role with regard to anti-doping policy in sport prior to 2007. Third, the manner in which the 2007 White Paper on Sport served as a catalyst for greater EU interest in anti-doping policy is assessed. Fourth, an examination of the contributions of the EU Expert Group on Anti-Doping to various revisions of the WADA Code, and including its compliance with EU data protection and privacy law, is discussed. Finally, the focus turns to the EU’s policy objective of promoting an athlete-friendly, anti-doping system through supporting programmes that educate/prevent against, as opposed to those that merely sanction/deter, a doping culture at all levels of sport.

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