Blog: You have just entered the ‘grey zone’

7 February 2019

We often applaud athletes who play through injury, but should we?

A runner collapses mid-marathon. Do you stop and help, even knowing that doing this would lead to an automatic disqualification? Or do you cheer them on, doing everything you can to support them towards the finish line? 

This is a grey area that athletes, coaches or support personnel might ponder as our ethics, values and the need to perform collide.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has built on its existing award-winning Ethical Decision Making Course by adding a new scenario to test athletes and their support team.

The third scenario ‘It’s the Fans, Coaches, Sports Fault…’ reinforces what you have learnt from the course about using your values to make strong decisions, and places you in another difficult situation, in which you are required to make a choice about whether or not to intervene in the race.

Since 2015, ASADA has incorporated ethical decision making into its anti-doping workshops, guiding participants through a series of hypothetical dilemmas which asks them to consider their values, beliefs and motivations.

Over the past two years, we have published two other courses centred on ‘ethically grey’ scenarios, and the aim of the course is to guide users on how to use their own personal ethics and values to make decisions in tricky situations.

The original online learning program was developed in conjunction with the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) and won a prestigious e-learning award, and is widely supported by the anti-doping education community internationally.

The program further extends ASADA’s suite of elearning programs, and supports the need for values-based education.

ASADA’s face-to-face workshops are still available, and groups or organisations that would like discuss how the session may fit into your anti-doping education plans should contact us on 13 000 ASADA (13 000 27232) to enquire about availability and costs.