Doping in Sports: Good or Bad?

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Government Regulations of Doping: Enough Being Done? Doping, or the idea of stimulating the body’s performance, has been around since the beginning of mankind. Incan warriors chewed coca, Nordic warriors ate mushrooms, and ancient Olympians smoked opium (“Can the Scientist” 18). War and later sports have always been the likeliest places for doping to occur. Everything comes down to a couple of minutes, why not insure that the body is running at peak performance, or even better? That question is exactly the reason that the international community created WADA, the world anti-doping association, in early 1999 (“Doping at the Olympics”). WADA’s job was to monitor and regulate drug use in sports and international competition. But are they doing enough? I believe that WADA isn’t going far enough. I think that governments both nationally and internationally should band together and better regulate and enact harsher punishments for athletes found using performance enhancing drugs (PED) and doping techniques. An example of a government that is doing exactly this is the Danish government. The Danes are stepping in to regulate both their nationally competitive and their international competitive teams. They recently passed a law that makes it illegal to possess anabolic steroids. This piece of legislation is aimed at gyms, where the rampant use of PED’s has led to many deaths (“Drugs in Sports” 18). While this legislation maybe somewhat limited in its scope, it is a step in the right direction. Parliament in Britain has been paying close attention to this issue and may be close to passing similar legislation. As in most things, this sort of following the leader is probably what is going to open the floodgates on regulating steroid and doping use. Hopefully, there will be an effective international body soon that will regulate and punish those who are caught doping

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