PRO (yes) | CON (no) |
Bengt Kayser, MD, PhD, Professor of Exercise Physiology, and Alexandre Mauron, PhD, Professor of Bioethics, both at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, along with Andy Miah, PhD, Reader in New Media and Bioethics at the School of Media, Language, and Music at the University of the West of Scotland, UK, in their Dec. 2005The Lancet article "Viewpoint: Legalisation of Performance-Enhancing Drugs," wrote:"Antidoping policies exist, in theory, to encourage fair play. However, we believe they are unfounded, dangerous, and excessively costly...
We believe that rather than drive doping underground, use of drugs should be permitted under medical supervision.
Legalisation of the use of drugs in sport might even have some advantages. The boundary between the therapeutic and ergogenic - ie, performance enhancing - use of drugs is blurred at present and poses difficult questions for the controlling bodies of antidoping practice and for sports doctors. The antidoping rules often lead to complicated and costly administrative and medical follow-up to ascertain whether drugs taken by athletes are legitimate therapeutic agents or illicit....Furthermore, legalisation of doping, we believe, would encourage more sensible, informed use of drugs in amateur sport, leading to an overall decline in the rate of health problems associated with doping. Finally, by allowing medically supervised doping, the drugs used could be assessed for a clearer view of what is dangerous and what is not...Acknowledging the importance of rules in sports, which might include the prohibition of doping, is, in itself, not problematic. However, a problem arises when the application of these rules is beset with diminishing returns: escalating costs and questionable effectiveness."
Dec. 2005 - Bengt Kayser, MD, PhD
Alexandre Mauron, PhD
Andy Miah, PhD Bennett Foddy, DPhil,... [continues]
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