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Inside Dope: How Drugs Are the Biggest Threat to Sports, Why You Should Care, and What Can Be Done About Them [Hardcover]

Richard W. Pound
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Sept. 6 2006
An IOC insider speaks out on creating a drug-free sports culture

With doping charges leveled at athletes in baseball, cycling, and in the Olympics, cheating has, to many onlookers, become the norm in pro sports. With implications far beyond the sports arena, Inside Dope examines the genesis of doping in sports as well as in the world of doctors and trainers; drug testing and the battle to stay ahead of users; drug companies and big business; and the role of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as watchdog. Written by a former Olympian, an IOC official, and a passionate advocate of fair play in sports, this eye-opening book takes a candid look at testing standards and the future of doping and sports and the larger issue of how doping affects the public perception of athletes.

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The scandals break monthly, even weekly—athletes caught doping in a multitude of sports, and around the world. The doping spotlight has been shone on Olympic athletes for years, and now professional sports, leagues, and athletes can no longer hide in the shadows either.

Leading the fight against doping in sports is Dick Pound, the chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Controversial, outspoken, and reviled by those he seeks to expose and bring to account, Pound is the authority in the world on doping in sports.

According to Pound, doping is “one of the most important and difficult problems that sport will have to overcome in the future.” It goes to the core of the ideals that we hold about sport, our heroes, and what parents want for their children. No longer an issue that can be ignored by any country or any sport, doping is a growing problem, extending far beyond the world of sports to touch on much broader social issues.

Never shy of the issues or his critics, Pound takes on tough subjects in Inside Dope with his usual straight talk and candor, as well as a fiery passion for upholding the ideals of fair play in an intensely competitive environment.

Inside Dope tackles the issue of doping in sports: why it has become such a problem; the role of big business and drug companies; the complicity of coaches, doctors and trainers; testing and the battle to stay ahead of the users; WADA as the world’s watchdog; setting standards and the future of doping and sports.

At times damning, sometimes revealing, at others prescriptive, but always honest and outspoken, Inside Dope is an important contribution to the debate on performance-enhancing drugs in sport and gives a rare inside view on the business, the personalities, and the issues behind the greatest challenge facing the world of sports.

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Understand this—doping in sport is almost never, I repeat, almost never accidental. It is almost always planned and deliberate. It is carried out with the specific intention of enhancing performance, knowing that it goes against the rules of sport and that it is dangerous to the health of the athlete.


Do you want your children to be forced to become chemical stockpiles in order to be successful in sport, simply because of cheaters who are using drugs and who could not care less that they are compromising their whole sport?


Doping is cheating, and there must be consequences for that. Serious penalties for doping will show that cheaters are not welcome and will act as a deterrent to discourage others from cheating. Doping in sport can be beaten. We just need to persevere. But like that old ’60s slogan states: “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Sept. 26 2013
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Good book, not great, but good. Item arrived in good condition. Shipping did not take long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beating the Cheats May 6 2013
By L. P. F. Lafferty - Published on Amazon.com
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You get a poacher to become a game keeper because he knows all the tricks. Pound is a lawyer and a good one. Set some solid rules for drug testing because he knows all the angles.A degree of resignation permeates the book because of the realism the stakes are so high they will never counteract drug cheats.This book does not cover gene doping or the very latest PED's which are operating apparently in China and Mid Europe. Hats off to Pound because he made sports bodies around the world toe the line. Skilful writing which also comes from Pound's heart as an athlete.Pound is no fool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inside Dope May 24 2010
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
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Pound is a bit far-fetched in his remedies, but his knowledge of doping in all sports is astounding.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Sept. 3 2007
By Pompiere - Published on Amazon.com
Little insight, boring writing and a lack of any intelligible point. Save your money on this overpriced collection of paper.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inside Dope: Not even close July 29 2007
By Carbon Biker - Published on Amazon.com
If you are interested in the wide-spread doping in professional (and amateur?) cycling, Pound's book doesn't even come close to an account that will inform, save for one point. Pound raises, albeit indirectly, the question for all professional atheletes: if one is to perform in order to win, and winning is the only consideration, then one has to chose to dope or run clean. Pound spends about 80% of the book sidestepping that issue while pontificating and lecturing from psuedo-case studies that are not really relevant to the cycling issues. The remaining 20% of the book was a lecture from an all-knowing elder who has never participated in cycling or running at a high level of competition: don't do this, don't do this, etc. I was interested in what Pound had to say at the beginning, but by the end I felt this book was a waste of time and money. I think Pound should stick to the WADA issues that could actually improve testing and oversight of all sport, specifically cycling.
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