Should performance enhancing drugs be legalized in sports
Drugs in sport has been a widely debated issue for years now, more so in the last decade after numerous athletes have been caught using the drugs to help them in the sports they are competing in. The use of performance enhancing drugs has been around for hundreds of years. With performance enhancing drugs comes with some pro’s and con’s regarding a level playing field for the athletes, So should performance enhancing drugs be legalized in sports?
The primary reason for the prohibition of doping within sport is to keep a level playing field for all athletes and suspended those that are using substance, but they’re not doing a good job at it. The International Amateur Athletic Federation estimates that only 10–15% of participating athletes are tested in each major competition (J Savulesu – 8/8/13. Many athletes of all sports, every year are taking drugs to enhance their potential sporting ability. Therefore current sports have an un-even playing field, either you take the drugs and keep up with the other athletes doing so too, or be handicapped significantly whilst playing by the rules. Making the drug legal would ultimately put the decision on the athlete whether or not they would like to take the drugs or not whilst not having to worry about fitness, suspensions, bans, stripping of their trophy’s and titles etc. Sport is one of the biggest money makers in the world, it’s entertaining, that’s why so many people watch it, Performance enhancing drugs would make the sport more entertaining, showcasing unbelievable talent that only so few athletes can achieve. No athlete is forced into taking the drug, most athletes know the health risks involved with taking the drug and if they choose to risk it to better their performance and overall goal they should be allowed to do it. Everyone wants to perform at their very best in anything they do. So why are athletes different? The accuracy of drug testing...