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Drug Menace in Sports

Arihan Singh

Doping is an escalating global problem in sports wherein athletes resort to cheating by using various substances that provide unfair advantages and enhance their performance, significantly, devaluing the spirit of competition. Given the increasing stakes in competitive sports, this trend has been increasing across the world. Football, basketball, tennis, swimming, cycling, track-and-field, body-building, baseball, weightlifting, boxing, wrestling, ice hockey, rugby are amongst the sports that have been tarred with illegal drug usage. Each year, over 3000 athletes worldwide test positive for banned substances. For the past half-century, international sports federations, led by the International Olympic Committee, have attempted to halt the spread of this problem. Unfortunately, this has not been achieved. New, more powerful, and undetectable doping techniques and substances are now abused by professional athletes.

What is Doping?

The term “doping” refers to the use of prohibited medications, drugs, or treatments by athletes to improve athletic performance.

Why Do Athletes Dope?

Athletes may dope for several reasons, including for performance enhancement, to self-treat otherwise untreated mental illness, and to deal with stressors, such as pressure to perform, injuries, physical pain, and retirement from the sport.

Penalties for doping

Athletes found to be doping will lose all the titles, prize money, sponsors, and reputation they gained during the period that they were doping. They may also face legal action from other parties such as sponsors, athletes, and event organizers for any financial gains made during the doping period.

List of a few athletes who abused drugs

  • Lance Armstrong.

  • Tyson Gay.

  • Ben Johnson.

  • Anderson Silva.

  • Roy Jones Jr.

  • Marion Jones.

In conclusion, the majesty of sports is about human endeavour. No matter what level any athlete is competing at, they are expected to abide by a code of conduct. By engaging in substance abuse for performance enhancement, they rob sports of their exalted status. Once that trust in sporting achievement has gone, everyone feels let down, most of all the fans.

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