Drugs and sport

Image: drugs by Michael Sotnikov on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the use of drugs in sport.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand

Drug Free Sport New Zealand is responsible for implementing and applying the World Anti-Doping Code in New Zealand. They are also responsible for educating our athletes about anti-doping and clean and fair sports competition.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

The Guardian: Drugs in sport

Guardian News and Media Limited has a page with up-to-date information on drugs in sport. Topic articles go as far back as 2001.

Suggested level: secondary

The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc.

This company is a drug testing authority dedicated to developing policies, managing testing programmes and providing education about performance-enhancing drugs.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

ProCon.org: Drug Use in Sports, Historical Timeline

Did you know that the ancient Greeks used performance enhancing drugs?

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

The International Association of Athletics Federation

This website presents links to official educational and medical documents to update athletes about the latest regulations and the fight against drugs in sport.

Suggested level: secondary


To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers use the search term drugs in sport in the search box.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

British Journal of Sports Medicine: Performance enhancing drugs

An interesting article about how the legislation of drugs could become a fairer and safer option than banning drugs in sport.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Banned Substances Control Group: Performance enhancing drugs

This page from BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group) warns about the dangers of PED’s or performance-enhancing drugs.

Suggested level: Intermediate, secondary

United States Anti-Doping Agency: Effects of PEDs

Videos and answers to questions surrounding the health and safety risks for athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs or PEDs.

Suggested level: secondary

World Anti-Doping Agency: Who we are

Information on WADA or the World Anti-Doping Agency's key activities including, "scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti Doping Code (Code.)" Includes a link to the 2016 prohibited list of drugs in sport. 

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Global Issues in Context has viewpoints, articles and podcasts for secondary schools on drugs in sports. Opposing Viewpoints in Context has views for and against the topic at secondary level. Britannica School has articles, images and videos etc. about drugs and sports at primary, middle and secondary level. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Playing on the edge, by Neil Arksey, 2000 (junior fiction)
Track Star (Choose Your Own Adventure), by R. A. Montgomery, 2009 (junior fiction)
Head of the River, by Pip Harry, 2014 (YA fiction)

A history of Olympic drug-cheats. YouTube. 2:09

Al Jazeera Investigates – The Dark Side. Al Jazeera English. YouTube. 49:12

Doping to win. ABCTVCatalyst. YouTube. 18:58