Doping and Consequence
January 3, 2013
The intension of this report is to inform about the many substances that are used by athletes, professional and amateur. The discussion about why, they are used and who should be responsible for issuing them. I am looking to find insight into the massive aggression in using them and some of the physical effects of the substances. I will look at the glory, fame and prestige that come from winning and agony and despair from getting caught. The fall from grace and the fallout caused by the using these illegal substances. Proponents of accepting performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports argue that their harmful health effects have been overstated, that health risks are an athlete’s decision to make, that using drugs is part of the evolution of sports much like improved training techniques and new technologies, and that efforts to keep athletes from using PEDs are overzealous, unproductive, unfairly administered, and bound to fail. Opponents argue that PEDs are harmful and potentially fatal, and that athletes who use them are cheaters who gain an unfair advantage, violate the spirit of competition, and send the wrong message to children. They say PED users unfairly diminish the historic achievements of clean athletes, and that efforts to stop PED use in sports should remain strong.
There are many questions surrounding the new case of doping in cycling that bears to mind the reason for doping. Many banned and illegally used substances are still in circulation in sports today, due to physicians and trainers that insist on going around regulations and continue to use these substances. Why do athletes do it? I am looking to answer some questions, gain insight to the doping game. I am also looking to find out who provides these banned, illegal substances and why if there is potential to be caught and exposed. Is the public humiliation worth the trouble to win, only to later lose? The theme is to find out why there is a need for these substances and if they are banned why are they still available? Is the pay off of winning worth the possibility of losing everything, including their dignity and respect? Should these substances be legalized, to take the edge off of “cheating”? I hope to find answers to in my research of doping in sports. In the current news, Lance Armstrong has seen his world crumble behind allegations and subsequent positive testing for use of performance enhancers. Unknown to most outside the cycling circle is that in 2002, Armstrong and his team mates were under investigation for using banned substances. It was a grueling 12- month investigation that ended with no evidence found to further investigate, that was during the 2000 Tour de France. That was somewhat the beginning of the down spiral in his career, and his legacy. As time passed, there were more and more allegations about his doping from old teammates, reporters and the authors of the book, “"L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong", David Walsh and Pierre Ballester opened up to another hill of accusations and twisted knowledge from those inside his circle, his “so-called-friends”. Now today, a few weeks since it was first made breaking news, Armstrong still has some ex-team mates that are choosing to blow more of the proverbial whistle on more of his activities during hi cycling days. There are other cyclists who are in the same hot seat as Armstrong and face a ban for life from the sport. Cyclist, Remy di Gregorio is the next to fall from grace. He was expelled from team of Cofidis, under scrutiny about alleged doping. “Cofidis, a professional cycling team, said its cyclist Remy di Gregorio "had allegedly attempted to resort to the use of doping substances to improve his performance" and therefore it was suspending him as a precaution.” (Dheepthi Namasivayam and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN). It seems that there is growing concern for the use of...
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