Ethics in Sport – Ben Johnson
Benjamin Sinclair Johnson is a former Canadian sprinter born in Falmouth, Jamaica. During the 1980’s he held a high-profile career, but following the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics he was stripped of all his medals due to doping. It has been suggested that all of the runners in that 1988 Summer Olympics were all on steroids, they just knew how to conceal it better. He not only embarrassed Canada as a whole but himself for the rest of his life, I’m sure he looks back on the day he decided to take steroids and regrets it entirely. Was this the right thing to do, he most likely asks himself, when we talk about ethics in sports that’s the real question.
There were so many scandals when it came to the 1988 Summer Olympics, it was a shock to not only Canada but the world that our fastest runner Ben Johnson was on steroids. Maybe Ben Johnson shouldn’t of been stripped of all his medals seeing as all or most of the athletes were on them, don’t we as viewers want to witness a faster paced sport that is more exciting, which it is when athletes are on steroids. No one likes to be called a cheater but when your on steroids that’s exactly what your doing, although it may not feel like your doing any harm to yourself or your peers, you are.
Here’s a picture of Ben Johnson holding up his finger
as he beats Carl Lewis, another sprinter that was
supposedly on steroids but didn’t get caught.
“The only way to attack the problem, if in fact you
wanted to, was random testing” – Said Johnson’s coach
Francis. He followed by saying that cheating in this
case wasn’t justifiable just because others were doing it, athletes are just too vulnerable to taking steroids
because the payout is so high and the pressure to
perform is huge. I believe Ben Johnson did this because
he wanted to live up to everyone’s expectation of
breaking a new ‘world record’. He ended up finding
out the hard way as to what the...
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