Doping in Sports
Sport goes beyond just winning trophies and winning. Sports are a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Most of us either have a favorite sport we play or follow in such a way. Even with this competitiveness that comes with these sports, they come with ethics we can look upon and follow throughout our lives. To reach success athletes must abide by the rules and regulations that come with each sport, who achieve hard work, skill, and overcoming adversity. However, as society pushes athletes to break records, athletes not only pursue success in their sports, but strive to put their name in the hall of fame. As a result, competitors are faced with performance-enhancing drugs, in order to rise up to the expectations of our society and media.
Athletes face enormous pressure to be the best they can be in their sport. They know that they only have little time, being in their prime, to achieve being the best in their sport and receive as much money possible, before they are surpassed by a younger, more talented athlete, they can take over their job with ease, losing all fame. Knowing this, they get the message that performance-enhancing drugs boost their efforts of skill and strength, giving them a short-cut. Paul Theroux in “Being a Man” states that man “means: Be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly and stop thinking” (Theroux 223).
Without thinking, these athletes turn to performance enhancing drugs without looking into the consequences that follow behind it. In Mehmet Unal’s article “Gene Doping in Sports,” he states how using these drugs are strictly forbidden, not cause it is cheating themselves and an unfair advantage, but to keep athletes safe of health. “For this reason, it is important to develop timely legal regulations and to research the field of gene doping in order to develop methods of detection. To protect the health of athletes and to ensure equal competitive conditions, the International Olympic Committee, WADA and International Sports Federations have accepted performance-enhancing substances and methods as being doping, and have forbidden them. Nevertheless, the desire to win causes athletes to misuse these drugs and methods.” Not only is this forbidden in the Olympics, but all sports, starting from sports in High School to professional athletes. Even with these regulations that clearly forbidden athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs, athletes continue gamboling their careers away, as they can be disqualified from their choice of sport.
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Society pushes kids to be the best athlete possible, even at a young age. When everyone is taking these performance enhancing drugs, it makes the game unfair and not natural. For the athletes who go natural without drugs, they already start at an unadvantage. But yes, even with these drugs test’s, there is no possible way of detecting every abuse and usage of using these performance enhancing drugs. There are ways people may get away from taking them. Therefore they will continue the use of this will continue, making the sport unnatural and never played fairly. So as these star athletes continue to strive forward, society will continue to push their button, just to be part of our entertainment here in the United States.
In conclusion, athletes must get done and prepare themselves in what they want to accomplish it. Even when tough times emerge, and when feeling like the world has no positives, know that you have done all in order to be the best you can be. So in order to be put in the expectations of our society, you must performance at your best peak.