The Use of Lie Detectors in Sport
It is no secret that the world of sports is often filled with controversies. Between allegations of match fixing to doping scandals, it may seem hard to believe that there is any integrity and honesty in sports at all. Even fans are starting to feel increasingly skeptical about above-average performances. As a result, sporting organizations of all types across the globe have been searching for ways to make fans trust them again. One idea that has been floating around for a long time is the use of lie detector tests. Russia have recently started a Polygraph Sports Program to clean up cheating within its sportsman and women.
Introducing lie detector tests into sport comes with a ton of benefits. For starters, athletes can prove their innocence in doping or match-fixing allegations. For years, fans have watched as athletes have denied doping only for the truth to be found out later. This has made it hard for fans to take players, coaches, and even trainers at their word. By having polygraph tests readily available., it can return a lot of trust to fans and critics, helping them to believe in the integrity of sport again.
While it is hard to deny the many advantages that introducing lie detectors to professional sports could bring, there are detractors. Specifically, players unions. For example, while FIFA has enthusiastically endorsed the use of voluntary lie detector tests to root out individuals responsible for match-fixing, the players union has repeatedly and strongly encouraged its members to refuse.
The future of polygraphs in sport is uncertain. There are numerous benefits to conducting polygraph tests in limited circumstances for athletes and the sporting world alike. However, it is also easy to understand the fears had by players’ unions about improperly administered tests. The key is arranging for a skilled and qualified individual to conduct the polygraph and not relying on amateurs or those without experience.
Lie Detectors UK have worked with many sports people and on tests that have made the mainstream media. Call or email us today for help and advice and to discuss your case.