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Doping in Sports: Legal and Other Aspects

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The issue of doping is always a very interesting topic in the modern sport. Doping is also interesting not just for medicine and biomedicine but for the law point of view. This paper firstly defines doping and gives a review of the legal framework (national and international). In the end, just to show how the issue of doping is complex, it discusses three cases decided before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS): the Strahija case, the Ademi case and the Dobud case.

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    The Sports Arbitration Tribunal (CAS Croatia) decides on the requests of such parties as have recognised the competence of this court to rule on disputes related to the performance of sporting activities, as well as the rights they can freely exercise, unless the law determines that decisions on certain kinds of disputes can only be made by the regular court of law.Sports Act, Article 52(1)(3).

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Smokvina, V. (2019). Doping in Sports: Legal and Other Aspects. In: Bodiroga-Vukobrat, N., Rukavina, D., Pavelić, K., Sander, G. (eds) Personalized Medicine in Healthcare Systems. Europeanization and Globalization, vol 5. Springer, Cham.

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