Limitations and duties: elite athletes’ perceptions of compliance with anti-doping rules

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Limitations and duties : elite athletes’ perceptions of compliance with anti-doping rules. / Qvarfordt, Anna; Ahmadi, Nader; Bäckström, Åsa; Hoff, David.

In: Sport in Society, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2021, p. 551-570.

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Qvarfordt, Anna ; Ahmadi, Nader ; Bäckström, Åsa ; Hoff, David. / Limitations and duties : elite athletes’ perceptions of compliance with anti-doping rules. In: Sport in Society. 2021 ; Vol. 24, No. 4. pp. 551-570.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Limitations and duties

T2 - elite athletes’ perceptions of compliance with anti-doping rules

AU - Qvarfordt, Anna

AU - Ahmadi, Nader

AU - Bäckström, Åsa

AU - Hoff, David

PY - 2021

Y1 - 2021

N2 - The main purpose of this article is to examine how elite athletes perceive their own responsibilities and possibilities to be compliant with the anti-doping regulations, and to draw conclusions about what these perceptions mean in relation to the legitimacy of the anti-doping system. A qualitative research design, with interviews conducted with athletes globally, was employed to capture elite sportspersons’ views on anti-doping policy and procedures. The analysis was based on a theoretical framework on legitimacy. The findings show that athletes’ situation is characterized by limited information and a lack of leeway. At the same time, athletes find themselves obliged to be dutiful. We discuss the complex situation of simultaneously facing perceived limitations and duties, and consider the limits that athletes experience in relation to compliance, which may place the legitimacy of the anti-doping system at risk.

AB - The main purpose of this article is to examine how elite athletes perceive their own responsibilities and possibilities to be compliant with the anti-doping regulations, and to draw conclusions about what these perceptions mean in relation to the legitimacy of the anti-doping system. A qualitative research design, with interviews conducted with athletes globally, was employed to capture elite sportspersons’ views on anti-doping policy and procedures. The analysis was based on a theoretical framework on legitimacy. The findings show that athletes’ situation is characterized by limited information and a lack of leeway. At the same time, athletes find themselves obliged to be dutiful. We discuss the complex situation of simultaneously facing perceived limitations and duties, and consider the limits that athletes experience in relation to compliance, which may place the legitimacy of the anti-doping system at risk.

KW - anti-doping

KW - compliance

KW - Doping in sports

KW - elite athletes

KW - legitimacy

KW - WADA

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85074919024&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/17430437.2019.1681404

DO - 10.1080/17430437.2019.1681404

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85074919024

VL - 24

SP - 551

EP - 570

JO - Sport in Society

JF - Sport in Society

SN - 1743-0437

IS - 4

ER -