A Letter to the Minister of Sports in Singapore

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A Letter to the Minister of Sport in Singapore Dear Sir: Millions of people worldwide wonder why competitive athletes can't just use their natural God-given strengths and talent and hence, eliminate the tedious reports of cheating in sports. This letter delves into the issues that officials and team administrators deal with vis-à-vis banned substances, and takes the position that society urgently must find solutions for cheating in sports. I hope you have time to give consideration to the materials presented herein. The Literature on the Problems Related to Illegal Drug use in Sports Stephen Riley with the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong asserts that "…all spectator sports thrive by selling simple stories to their fans" (Riley, 2007, 281). That said, the simple story for the Tour de France should be about human endurance, the best mountain climber, the best sprinter and not the disqualification of riders after the fact because of doping. Riley's salient point is poignant: "How could cycling's story survive if pharmacological enhancements were allowed?" (Riley, 281). This is a very uncomplicated and cogent message, and I hope you see it in the same light as I do. On the subject of cycling, an article in the peer-reviewed Nature magazine reports that the "best line of defence against the use of Erythropoietin (EPO) which cyclists have been using for years is the "biological passport" (Callaway, 2011, p. 283).

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