15 May 2013
English 102 Section 08
Performance Enhancing Drugs
“Hasn’t our collective experience taught us that prohibition doesn’t work and that we can’t totally kid-proof society?” emphasized Gary Cartwright in his article “Truth and Consequences.” In regard to the utilization of performance enhancing drugs in sports, Cartwright explained that in order to simplify society all substances should be legalized. Any type of substance that is used to improve someone’s ability athletically is considered a performance enhancing drug. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is an organization that is committed to abolishing all anabolic substances in professional sports. The WADA is responsible for many athletic organization bans against steroids in sports. Some fans and the public may view that performance enhancing drugs should remain illegal. On the other hand, certain fans and citizens may believe that all types of anabolic steroids should be legalized. However, the decision to utilize steroids is an athlete’s personal choice. Anabolic steroids are unavoidable and will ultimately be more beneficial to society; therefore, all types of performance enhancing drugs should be legalized. The WADA’s ban against anabolic steroids in sports should be removed due to the increase of excitement in sports, the decrease in cheating and controversy, the improvement of health and ability, and the salvage of money. First of all, fans would be more intrigued to watch sports if performance enhancing drugs were legalized. Anabolic steroids enhance a person’s ability, skill, strength, and courage. They would even cause athletes to become more aggressive. For example, fans would gain even more excitement if they were watching the intense tackles of a football game. These factors all make athletic performances more enjoyable. From the late 1980s through the late 2000s, "The Steroids Era" defined the period of time in Major League Baseball (MLB) when a countless number of athletes were accused of utilizing anabolic steroids. The era resulted in an extraordinary amount of home-runs. In her article “Faster, Stronger, Higher,” sports academic, Lincoln Allison, commented, “The fascination of watching Mark McGwire break the home-run record in 1998 was undiminished by his overt use of Nandrolone.” She recognized that fans showed more interest in baseball after McGuire had hit seventy-one home-runs. Nandrolone is a legal steroid in sports that fuels the body to generate more of its natural hormones. It seems that the actual steroids themselves are not the issue to fans; the issue is breaking the law. If people were excited to watch someone that used legal steroids to play in a sport, then people would be even more excited to watch games if ALL steroids were legal. Sammy Sosa, another player from “The Steroids Era,” finished in second place with a total of sixty-six home-runs. In 1998, McGwire and Sosa both received the "Sportsman of the Year" award from Sports Illustrated. Even though performance enhancing drugs have been forbidden in the MLB since 1991, drug testing was not required until 2003. The suspension of favored athletes for using illegal steroids would actually decrease the number of fans and ultimately hurt sports organizations; therefore, it would be easier to legalize the currently illegal substances. Despite the fact that the public was unaware of the steroids the players used, they cannot deny that the numerous home-runs were extremely entertaining. Sosa and McGwire demonstrated that baseball would be more interesting with the legalization of performance enhancing drugs. Some people may believe that performance enhancing drugs diminish the equality of sports. People who take anabolic steroids will have an advantage over the other players. They will have an increase in endurance, stamina, and power. However, sports in general are not equal. An athlete’s performance is also based on their...
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