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Doping controls - a violation of human rights?

October 31st, 2007 by Jon Kristian Fadnes · 1 Comment

Former Team Astana rider Andrey Kashechkin takes the International Cycling Union (UCI) to court. The Kazakh cyclist claims that the UCI has violated his human rights.
Kashechkin was subjected to a random out-of-competition doping test while on holiday in Belek, Turkey this summer.

- At august the 1st. two belgian officials came to visit me in Turkey, where I was on vacation. They were obivously in a hurry, and I honestly felt that something was wrong. The next day I started to suspect their entire approach, but nobody wants to listen to me. I am innocent, Kashechkin says to the french paper L’Equipe.

Kashechkin was tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion, and was suspended from Team Astana. Now he has decided to take the UCI to court. He accuses them of violating his human rights, specifically article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. This article states that:

1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of therights and freedoms of others.


According to Kashechkins attorney Luc Misson it is illegal to perform a doping test when it is done in connection with a family vacation and not a sporting event.

Luc Misson is the same attorney that in 1995, through the Bosman-verdict, made it possible for football players to change to a different team after their contract expires, free of transfer fees.

We are interested in your opinions. Are the extensive doping tests that athletes are subjected to constitute a violation of basic human rights? Please comment below.

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