Drugs in Sport Essay

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Drugs in sports were first banned in 1928 by the International Amateur Athletic Federation. While using drugs to cheat in sport is not new, it is becoming popular. With some athletes playing fair and some cheating, the playing fields aren’t equitable. And having an open policy for drugs will not even the playing fields. Allowing drugs on the playing field will wipe out natural talent and athletes will forget why they are really playing sport. A comment printed in the Herald Sun on October 24th in 2012 reinforces this when the author asked the question: “What possible significance can there be if talent, training and discipline count for nothing?” Take Lance Armstrong as an example. His story was one that was so moving and inspirational. Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005. In October 1996, he was diagnosed with stage three, testicular cancer that had spread to his brain, abdomen and lungs. In February 1997, he was declared cancer-free and the same year he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation. By January 1998, Armstrong had renewed serious cycling training, having signed a new racing contract with US Postal. However, in June of 2012, Armstrong’s life and image changed when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accused him of doping and trafficking of drugs. No wonder Armstrong was undefeatable! It was because he was taking performance enhancing drugs! Armstrong had cheated his way to the top and not thinking for a second about what he had done was wrong. Sports players should take a step back and remember why they chose to play sports for a profession. An article from The Age newspaper dated the 28th of October 2012 inspirationally states: “sport is a forum to challenge ourselves, to test our weaknesses. Victory is not measured in medals or titles, but in the innate knowledge that we did our best.”

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