Importance Of Doping In Sports

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Should performance enhancing drugs remain prohibited in elite competitions? Doping in sport has been prominent since the Olympics were first introduced in Ancient Greece, with competitors supposedly ingesting Strychnine as a performance enhancer (Fitch, 2012). This has continued into today with new research commencing weekly investigating performers using performance enhancing drugs in a world where the difference between first and second can cost an athlete millions in sponsorship and reward money. The regulation of doping in sport was not introduced until the 1960’s, when the sudden death of a cyclist at the 1960 Rome Olympics was attributed to the amphetamines in his system taken as a performance enhancer. Consequently this kick started the fight against doping with the IOC creating a list of prohibited substances in 1967, containing mostly stimulants. World Anti-Doping Agency (2003 [online]) states that “The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body, and mind.” and is characterised as keeping true to “ethics, fair play and honesty; health; and respect for rules and laws.” (p.3), this alludes to the fact that doping is in breach of these characteristics and should be eradicated to maintain the spirit of sport. This essay will review current thinking about performance enhancing drugs in elite competitions, the research undertaken and the resolutions suggested. Savulescu et al., (2004) argues that lifting the prohibition on doping with some drugs would
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