There are many sport integrity issues that are common to both disabled and non-disabled sport, such as use of prohibited substances (I.e., doping) and manipulation of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system. However, certain integrity issues including classification fraud and equipment manipulation would at first appear specific to disabled sport. However, on closer examination some parallels can often be drawn between disabled and non-disabled sport even for these integrity issues. This talk will explore convergence and divergence across a range of integrity issues between disabled and non-disabled sport, based on data from extensive focus groups with elite disabled and non-disabled athletes from across six European countries. It will also consider how global differences in wealth and associated funding for disabled sport may exaggerate the perceived extent and potential impact of certain integrity issues in disabled sport compared to non-disabled sport.
Dr. Boardley’s presentation is supported by the Birmingham-Illinois Partnership Discovery, Engagement and Education (BRIDGE) initiative from Illinois International and by Center for Global Studies and the European Union Center.
About the speaker:
After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science (1st class) at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom (UK), Professor Boardley continued his studies in the UK where he obtained a PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Birmingham. On completing his PhD in 2008, he immediately secured a full-time post at the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Education. Since then he progressed to Senior Lecturer (2016) and Reader (2020), and has recently been promoted to full Professor (2022). Professor Boardley is internationally known for his expertise on the psychosocial processes governing moral behaviour in physical activity contexts. This work includes moral behaviors that occur on the sports field (e.g., prosocial and antisocial behavior), as well as those that occur in sport, exercise, and dance (use of supplements and image and performance enhancing drugs). Professor Boardley’s research has been supported by funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has further research interests in coaching efficacy, social identity, and how athletes' perceptions of their coach influence athletes’ cognitions, emotions, and behavior.