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Anti-doping and legitimacy: an international survey of elite athletes’ perceptions
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Sports science. Swedish School of Sports and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8942-3058
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2885-0635
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Sports science. School of Social Work, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2429-4475
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1230-3415
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Sport Policy, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 8, no 3, 491-514 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Anti-doping work is a comprehensive enterprise that entails control and governance of elite athletes’ everyday lives. However, in policy-making regarding doping and anti-doping in elite sports, the athletes’ perspective has not been considered adequately. Focusing on elite athletes’ perceptions of anti-doping as both principle and praxis, the study aimed to analyse how these perceptions can be understood from a legitimacy perspective. A survey study involving 261 elite athletes from 51 different countries and four international sports federations was conducted. The results showed that the athletes did not question the legitimacy of the rules, but had concerns about the legitimacy of the way the rules and principles are enforced in practice, specifically with regard to matters of privacy, lack of efficiency and equal conditions as well as athletes’ involvement in the anti-doping work. The article describes how athletes’ perceptions of the legitimacy of anti-doping work constitute the basis for their willingness to follow regulations as well as a precondition for the work’s functionality and stability. In light of this finding, the article calls for the empowerment of athletes in anti-doping work.

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2016. Vol. 8, no 3, 491-514 p.
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anti-doping policy, anti-doping practice, doping in sports, performance-enhancing drugs, legitimacy
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21529DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2016.1170716ISI: 000390991800009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84969235547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21529DiVA: diva2:931664
Available from: 2016-05-30 Created: 2016-05-30 Last updated: 2017-04-03Bibliographically approved

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