Daryl Adair

Daryl Adair (PhD) is Associate Professor of Sport Management at University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Among his research interests are anti-doping, athlete wellbeing and workplace fairness in sport. His recent publications (with Stephen Frawley) include Managing the Olympics (2013), Managing the Football World Cup (2014), and (with Simon Darcy and Stephen Frawley), Managing the Paralympics (2016), all with Palgrave Macmillan.

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The Olympic movement claims political neutrality. In reality, that ideal is often selectively applied

More than 200 nations are represented at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. As ever, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asserts the games are a means of unifying humanity through elite sport. At the same time, though, IOC president Thomas Bach concedes: The Olympic Games cannot prevent wars and conflicts. Instead,...


Cricket Australia’s new gender rules give much-needed clarity to athletes and clubs

Cricket Australia has made a significant contribution to gender diversity policy by producing a very detailed set of rules for elite-level cricket, and guidelines for community cricket. They provide much needed clarity around what’s expected of transgender and gender diverse athletes, and what’s being asked of cricket clubs. On a...


Athlete health and fair play: Kristen Worley case puts women’s sport policy in the dock

Since the advent of sex-testing female athletes in 1968, international sport organisations have been wrangling with the underlying purpose, efficacy and impact of efforts to ensure that ‘real women’ were in competition. This was not merely about the very unlikely prospect of men masquerading as women in sport. Rather, sex-testing has been...

Features 13/06/2016

Dopey and grumpy: Maria Sharapova and WADA

The independent tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) recently decided on the matter of a positive drug test at the 2016 Australian Open by Maria Sharapova. Not surprisingly, the tribunal concluded that under the strict liability requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, Sharapova was at fault for having...

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