The Importance of Drug Testing in Sports

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April 22, 2013

Drug Testing
“I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.” Cheating is wrong in every aspect in life; relationships, school, work, and most definitely sports. Cheating is never a good choice; there will always be consequences if one is caught in the act or after. Cheating will never make one look better; it is unfair and gives one an advantage that is not deserved. There are many performance-enhancing drugs floating around professional sports now a day. Many professionals are tempted day to day with drugs such as: Erythropoietin, Human Growth Hormone, Bromantan, Ephedrine, Diuretics, COX-2 Inhibitors, beta- blockers, Tamoxifen, and finally the daddy of them all steroids! People who use performance enhancers are not only cheating themselves but the sport. How can the sweet feeling of victory ever be reached if one does not earn it naturally? Drug testing is necessary in all sports whether the players may be in high school, college, or the major leagues. Performance enhancing drugs should not be used and these iconic figures should not be getting the gratitude and stardom they do not deserve. Not only can drug testing in sports keep things fair, it can save the lives of the people who rely so heavily on it for their above average performance. During the Tour de France, a cycling event that is one of the biggest competitions in cycling, a cyclist named Tom Simpson died after the usage of amphetamines to try to get an upper hand on the competition. His death made a sense of urgency of drug testing in all sports. Weightlifters and runners are predominantly known for the usage of amphetamines and during the 2012 Olympic Games, a Canadian runner was stripped of his gold medal because after the day he had won it he had tested positive for steroids and human growth hormones. Performance enhancing drugs will always be affiliated with sports because the competitor will always try to get the upper hand against their opponents. The...
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