Drugs in Sport
The use of drugs in sports goes back a long-long time, in fact back to the original Olympics held from 776 to 393 BC. Old texts suggest that humans were always trying to find ways to do more work with less effort (work hard but suffer less). This caused them to find, invent & use drugs or supplements. Thus people began using drugs & performance enhancers. Doping is the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport, it is illegal, but the use of drugs completely isn’t. That is, certain drugs are allowed or are not banned in sports. Sportsmen use PIED’s (Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs) or PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs) mainly because of the pressure they constantly face, to perform better and better every year, throughout their career. For example there’s nothing like a fast paced rugby game where players have skill, strength & power; for a good rugby fan. But performance enhancing drugs in sports should be banned. As skill, strength and power don’t only come from PED’s.
There are various reasons for people using drugs in sport. Sport fans have a part to play in this as everyone enjoys sport, and they want their team to win & perform better than the rest. Whatever the cost, winning is the ultimate glory. But sportsmen too are responsible for their own actions. A sportsman’s full time job could be the sport and having an injury or not being able to perform as well as the others may result in him/her being cut off the team, thereby making him/her lose their job. Thus to keep fans supporting them, gain sponsorships and stay in the team, players are forced to use PIED’s. But if all players don’t use PED’s or PIED’s everyone will have an equal chance at making the team & gaining sponsors. Also injuries are common in every sport anyone can be injured, by banning performance drugs in sports every injured athlete or sportsman will have a good chance of making it back into the team. Sport fans miss out on the fact that for...
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