The Pros And Cons Of Doping In Sports

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Ethical reflection is deemed as being very important in the world of sport. Doping for instance, although athletes resort to this. It has many ethical objections and is portrayed negatively as numerous faults are argued about this case.
Doping in sport, is arguably, the most talked about and controversial issue today, with very little change on it. Although, there has been a substantial increase in the use of it, (Dimeo, 2013) states Anti-doping regulations were only established in the 1960’s, and serves as a useful reminder of an important but neglected fact about drug use. There is a consistent dispute against doping as, it fluctuates through all sports and have been demonised by society as it is considered as unethical. The International Association of Athletics (IAAF) was the first international sports federation, in 1928, to ban performance-enhancing drugs (IAAF, 2003). Followed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and The International Olympic Committee (IOC). An athletes’ engagement in competing is very important. It is their desire to gain any possible advantage to have an edge on their opponents and will do anything in their power to be the best. Doping is discriminated due to, being an unequal playing field and being harmful. This study explores the strengths and weaknesses of these ethical objections and the sociological theories on the use of drugs in sport.
A common argument against doping in sport shifts from the concept that, there should be a level playing field for athletes and competition. A connection between doping and wrongness is noticeable as, it is argued that doping is banned because it is cheating or unfair (Meller, Waddington and Hoberman, 2015). In some cases, doping in sports is ‘cheating’ because the athlete is breaking their contractual obligations, in sports that it is prohibited. (Green, 2004 and Schermer, 2006) define cheating as being the intentional violation of a rule, that is used in common language as an indication to many different forms of deception, and fraud that are intended to gain some benefit for oneself. Cheating essentially involves the intent to gain an unfair advantage (Feezell, 2010). Unfair in the sense that the athlete has gained themselves a greater
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