Drug Use and Alcohol in School Curriculum

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Introduction (paragraph 1): General Introduction: Purpose of essay- Statement of position on chosen issue In the 1972 Olympics, the East German women’s swim team did not win any gold medals. In 1976, they improved their tally by 11 gold medals (out of a possible 13). These days, a story like that would make anyone suspicious – even if you were a devoted fan of East German swimmers. The swimmers were later found guilty of taking anabolic steroids (surprise!). In most of the cases, the athletes were unaware that their own government was systematically doping them. The difference between 1976 and 2008 is that radical improvements in skill and speed do not go unnoticed. Performance enhancing drugs are a problem in all professional sports, and the athletes are making the decision to take drugs for themselves. New technology means that testing is becoming more accurate and effective, but it also means that new drugs are being developed to allow athletes to slip under the radar. Thesis: ideas/arguments (3 main ideas) - Who does it affect? -Where is it happening? -How are we dealing with the problem? Body Paragraph 2 – Argument 1 Topic Sentence: Who does it affect? Doping in sport affects not only the competitors but also the amount of respect spectators hold for sport and their sporting heroes. The appreciation of a sport can easily be tainted if even a single athlete is found guilty of doping. It is also unfair on honest participants; when drugs are used, sport is no longer a measure of pure skill. The stakes are dangerously high in Australia when you consider that our greatest athletes are often considered role models and national heroes. Supporting Evidence: opinions -It's the taking part that counts, not the winning -Drugs are against the spirit of sport, even if the rules don't ban them -If the 'spirit of sport' includes the idea of hard
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