Modern Olympic Games

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After the closing ceremony

The Sydney 2000 Games were the largest yet. Despite their size, with a record breaking number of athletes participating; they were well organised, renewing faith in the Olympic Movement. The Olympic committee also spent

$6 million Australian dollars in funding to combat the use of illicit drugs in sport, that previous Olympics have had so much trouble with in the past .

The money was used to enhance drugs research into detecting the use of drugs, also to increase greater involvement from participating Olympic countries into drugs testing through urine and blood before and after the athlete's event. However it was later discovered from surveys, that a tenth of the athletes used performance-enhancing drugs in these Olympics. So out of the 10,651 athletes participating, approximately 1,651 of them were using drugs to improve their performance.

It was soon realised that it doesn't actually matter how much is spent on trying to totally abolish drugs from the sport and the Olympics, as athletes are taking it to intrinsically and extrinsically reward themselves.

Elite athletes work all there lives to become the very best, and for every athlete, representing your country on the Olympic podium with an Olympic gold medal hanging from your neck is there ultimate dream. And for most athletes it doesn't matter who you hurt on your way up to achieve that ultimate goal, including you own body.

There are a number of different drug enhancers available on the 'black market.' These include:

- Anabolic Steroids

- Narcotic Analgesics

- Stimulants

- Beta - Blockers

- Diuretics

- EPO

For example EPO is a protein which spurs the body to produce more oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which in turn allows the blood to carry more oxygen. Doctors prescribe it for anaemia that occurs with kidney failure and chemotherapy. But for an athlete, the same protein can increase endurance by allowing...
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