Irish Sports Council chief executive John Treacy says criminalising doping should be considered. Photograph: Inpho

The chief executive of the Irish Sports Council (ISC), John Treacy, believes that criminalising athletes who deliberately cheat in sport by taking pr(...)

Valentin Balakhnichev is stepping down as Russian Athletics Federation president  following the suspension of five walkers, including  three Olympic champions,  in January. Photograph: Getty Images

Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA) president Valentin Balakhnichev criticised the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in his fi(...)

Graeme McDowell who will represent Ireland at the Olympics: “It’s going to be very insightful for us as a sport, as a game, as professional athletes, to experience what those other sports have to put up with”. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

After closing with a 62 at the Tournament of Champions this month, Chris Kirk showed up at the site of his next start and learned he had been randomly(...)

Dick Pound, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), will head investigation in doping allegations made in German TV documentary. Photograph: Getty Images

Former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) Dick Pound is to head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping(...)

Russian gold medalist Mariya Savinova during the medal ceremony of the women’s 800m race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Savinova was seen in a mobile phone video clip in the documentary ‘Top secret doping - how Russia makes its winners’, broadcast on  December 3rd, 2014, by Germany’s  Das Erste channel, saying: ‘How else are we meant to do it? That’s our system, and in Russia it only works with pharma.’ Photograph:  Christophe Karaba / EPA

A German TV documentary alleging widespread doping and cover-ups among Russian athletes contains “a pack of lies”, according to Russia’s Athletics Fe(...)

Mariya Savinova, who won gold in the 800m at the 2012 Olympics, is one of the athletes who the documentary says may have been covered up

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada)has vowed to “fully investigate” allegations made by a German television documentary.The programme, which was broad(...)

Jobe Watson (left) and Dustin Fletcher representing Essendon. The pair’s involvement in the International Rules series has caused controversy due to doping allegations. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The former head of Asada (Australia’s anti-doping authority) Richard Ings has questioned the validity of tomorrow’s International Rules series in Per(...)

The Biathlon Men’s Relay at the Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photograph:  Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Irish athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi competed alongside Russian athletes who have admitted taking drugs that have now been placed o(...)

Irish players warm-up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB anti-doping tee shirts before last month’s game in the  Junior World Championship match against  Fiji  at QBE Stadium, Albany,  New Zealand. Photograph:  Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Anti-doping figures released for last year indicate Rugby Union, on an international level, is showing a higher percentage of positive test results th(...)

Last year’s winner, Britain’s Chris Froome (left), and Spain’s Alberto Contador in action during the ninth stage – between Saint-Girons and Bagnères-de-Bigorre – of last year’s Tour de France. The pair lock horns again in what promises to be one of the closest contests since Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images

The debates are raging. Chris Froome will win because he dominated last year’s race, and because he won the Tours of Oman and Romandie this year. No, (...)