Performance Enhancing Drugs

PerformanceEnhancing Drugs

Fora long time, the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports haveremained a key area of focus to many governments and stakeholderssuch as theWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) among others across the globe. Asnoted by Debate.org (1), throughout history, sports men and womenhave always tried their level bests to stretch their limits, and thisinclude the use of the available technologies, use of performanceenhancing drugs among others. However, it is notable that, thoughthe use of performance enhancing drugs can be traced between 776 and393 BC during the initial Olympic Games, their use has not beenaccepted in any of the sports organization globally. This isbecause, the use of PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) like steroids(prednisone), is seen to have many negative effects like deaths,incapacitation, and reduced output of the players in the long-runamong other notable aspects. For instance, in 2006, Floyd Landis wasstripped of his title of Tour de France after it was realized that,he had used PEDs. Other notable case include Lance Armstrong, BenJohnson a Canadian Olympic Sprinter among others. However, in therecent past, there has been an increased pressure by the proponentsof accepting the use of PEDs. Based on this background, the paperseeks to candidly indicate the reasons why the use of steroids amongother PEDs should be allowed in sports.

Itis clear that, there is no any form of punishment which will stop theuse of PEDs in various types of sports both in the short and thelong-run. This is affirmed by Chris Smith, a staff at the ForbesMagazine who notes that “….Theprimary reason why performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are outlawed inprofessional sports is that they give users an unfair advantage overthe rest of the field. Various professional sports leagues haveattempted to set a level playing field by testing for drug use andsuspending those found guilty. It’s a noble effort, but it’sclearly not working. Stiff punishments have done little to reduce thenumber of cyclists caught cheating every year as Deadspin helpfullypoints out, the inheritors of Lance Armstrong’s seven abandonedTour de France titles have all been implicated in doping scandals.Major League Baseball also hands down suspensions each season toplayers caught using outlawed substances, and it’s absurd to thinkthose players are the only ones guilty of juicing…..” (Smith, 1). Based on the above arguments, it is clear that, bystandardizing the use of steroids in different sports such ascycling, athletics, football among others, a platform of equalitywill be created. This way, overuse will be minimized thus protectingthe health of the sportsmen.

Secondly,it is the duty of every sports person to safeguard their health, thusissues of health concerns arising from the use of steroids should notbe considered by organizations such as the World Anti-Doping Agencyamong others. As noted by a pro PEDs campaigner…”..Thus,I do not see why a sports league should ban a substance for aestheticreasons. If the mental side-effects that you mentioned were true, whywould we not see a disproportionate number of athletes on steroidsarrested for violent crimes…” (Debate.org,1).Thisis a clear indication that, the use of steroids only complements thenatural skills, thus there is no any notable fear in regard to thehealth, as well that which concerns the aspect ensuring fair play inany game.

Asnoted by Julian Savulescu, the fight against the use of drugs insports is failing significantly, and must eventually fail. Accordingto him”….theban is ruining the mood and spirit of the game. It’s hard to enjoyany sports narrative if we don’t know who is clean and who isn’t….”(Savulescu, 1). This is supported by the fact that, in sports such asathletics, doping has rapidly increased, despite the many laws put inplace by WADA to avoid such. For instance, in 2014, Abdellah Haidane,a middle distance runner from Italy was banned for 4 months after itwas established that he had used Tuaminoheptane.

Thirdly,by allowing the use of PEDs, the management and the organization ofprofessional sports will easy, as majority of anti-doping policiesare hard to enact (ProCon.org.1).As a result, the funds spent in enacting these policies will bedirected to other uses such as funding expansion of stadiums, thussupporting sports persons from poor countries such as Haiti, Jamaicaand Kenya among others.

Further,legalization will also support companies manufacturing and sellingthe PEDs, thus boosting their portfolios both in the short and thelong-run (Smith, 1).

Basedon the above arguments, it is clear that, the use of steroids amongother forms of PEDs should be allowed. This will help in themanagement of various sports such as reduction of the overheads,ensure equality, as well as improve on the health of sport people whoaccess the drugs illegally.

WorksCited

Debate.org. SteroidsShould Be Legal in Professional Sports.2014. Web. Available at

http://www.debate.org/debates/Steroids-Should-Be-Legal-in-Professional-Sports/1/

ProCon.org.Should (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?2014. Web. Available at

http://sportsanddrugs.procon.org/

Savulescu,Julian. Permit Doping So We Can Monitor It. TheNew York Times.Available at

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/07/should-doping-be-allowed-in-sports/permit-doping-so-we-can-monitor-it

Smith,Chris. Why It`s Time To Legalize Steroids In Professional Sports.TheForbes Magazine.Available at

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2012/08/24/why-its-time-to-legalize-steroids-in-professional-sports/