Feb 132018
Thursday, February 22  
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm 
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, 
KIE 101 West Duke Building (on East Campus) 
Lunch served; please RSVP to Hayden Hashimoto by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20. 
Speculation about the participation of Russian athletes accused of doping and cross-border political tensions have overshadowed the lead-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. With regard to doping in particular, a Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) decision overturned 28 lifetime bans a week before the start of the Olympic Games, prompting appeals by some athletes to compete and questions about the rights of so-called “clean” athletes. 

This presentation considers the latest developments in the Russian doping saga alongside other recent events that point to wider tensions between assertions of athletes’ rights and governing sports bodies’ attempts to ensure fair play in competition. In doing so, it contextualizes the regulatory landscape and explains how current rules emerged in a way that disproportionately shifts the risks and repercussions of noncompliance onto athletes. Accordingly, there are limited formal measures designed to hold organizations accountable for enabling corrupt or unethical conduct. Following a discussion of contemporary examples, the conclusion offers a reflection on how the current regulatory regime in international sport renders some issues of fair play visible-in fact, arguably hypervisible-while veiling others. Recent challenges, many of them put forth in the name of athletes’ rights, aid in illuminating some of these concerns.
Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Henne is an interdisciplinary socio-legal researcher. She is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies and directs the Law and Society Emerging Research (LaSER) Laboratory. She is also Associate Professor of Regulation and Governance and Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow at the Australian National University.

 February 13, 2018