Should the Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sport Be Legalized?

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Should the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport be legalized?

By: Evan Underwood
ENG2D1-02

Performance-enhancing drugs (PED‘s) have become a major issue in today’s sports world. Some people may think that PED’s in sport should be legalized because of the fact that they improve the level of sport and that the harm is worth the fame and glory. The negative factors of legalizing PED’s in sport outweigh the positive factors. Performance-enhancing drugs should not be legalized in sport because they take away from the true origin of sport, taking them can lead to life-threatening health issues, and the athletes who are taking them are setting a bad example for the youth who are the future of sport.

Sports were originally designed to test ones ability and talent in a certain area. With the introduction of performance-enhancing drugs in 1936, the true origin of sport has been taken over by men and women who insist on being bigger and stronger than their competitors. Athlete’s who use PED’s are making it unfair to the athletes who work hard, train and push themselves to be the best. With the increasing number of athletes who are taking these drugs, it will start to put pressure on the athletes who are not, making them want to take them. Not to mention taking performance-enhancing drugs is cheating. It is an alternative to working hard and training. The athletes that are abusing PED’s are not playing sports for the competitiveness, health benefits or for the fun of sport, they are playing because they want to be famous. This is the leading reason why PED’s are destroying sport. Cheating will get you fame and money but the feeling that you did not do any work in order to achieve that can destroy a person.

Athletes who are taking performance-enhancing drugs can face terrible side effects such as: shrunken testicles, infertility, liver abnormalities and tumours, heart and circulatory problems and psychiatric problems (depression, “roid...
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