Drugs in Sport Essay

Drugs in Sport
A sociological critique of the official approaches to performance enhancing drugs in sport.
# 54175 | 2,620 words | 25 sources | MLA | 2003 | GB
Published on Dec 16, 2004 in Sport (Medicine and Drugs)

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This paper examines how sport and performance enhancing drugs have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. It looks at look at their history right up to the present, concentrating on the case of Ben Johnson. It also discusses the three main arguments that are used to support the prevailing policy of 'law and order': That they will give competitors an unfair advantage, that they are unsafe and that they will change the nature of sports for the worse.

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"In 1989 Sir Arthur Gold, of the British Olympic Committee, observed that testing at major competitions (where most of the testing takes place) is a "waste of time" because the only people that get caught are the "careless and ill-advised" (Wadhwaney 2002). This view is supported by the fact that in the 1998 Tour de France no riders tested positive as a result of doping tests by the Tour operators, but it is clear that people do take drugs, as the British Olympic Survey in 1996, which indicated indicates that 48% of athletes agreed doping was a problem; of these 86% stated it was most prevalent in track and field events. In 1989, an Australian Senate Standing Committee Report concluded that 70% of athletes who had competed internationally had taken drugs (Sheedan & Quinn 2002a)."

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