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Performance Enhancing Drugs
Transcript of Performance Enhancing Drugs
A major reason as to why athletes have gotten away with using PEDs is because they are notified as to when they will be tested. They should surprise test them so that they won't have time to get rid of the evidence. If they turn out positive they should get fired and stripped of their medals and honors. Help us make stonger laws where the athletes can't cheat or buy their way.
PEDs are any substance that helps athletes perform better.
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Why is it a problem?
What is it?
Are we wrong?
Performance Enhancing Drugs
"Remember that athletes don't take these drugs to level the playing field, they do it to get an advantage. And if everyone else is doing what they're doing, then instead of taking 10 grams or 10 cc's or whatever it is, they'll take 20 or 30 or 40, and a vicious circle simply gets bigger. The end game will be an activity that is increasingly violent, extreme, and meaningless, practiced by a class of chemical and or genetic mutant gladiators. The use of performance-enhancing drugs is not accidental; it is planned and deliberate with the sole objective of getting an unfair advantage." - Richard Pound, BCL
The reason people enjoy watching sports is because not everyone can do what the players do. If all athletes take PEDs to make themselves better, then anyone can take them and also become a successful athlete.
By allowing everyone to take performance enhancing drugs, we level the playing field. We remove the effects of genetic inequality. Far from being unfair, allowing performance enhancement promotes equality."
"If each of us ought to be free to assume risks that we think are worth taking, shouldn't athletes have the same freedom as anyone else? In particular, if athletes prefer the gains in performance allegedly provided by the use of steroids, along with the increased risk of harm to the alternative of less risk and worse performance, what gives anyone the right to interfere with their choice? After all, if we should not forbid smokers from risking their health by smoking, why should we prohibit track stars or weightlifters from taking risks with their health in pursuit of their goals?"
- Robert Simon
"Society cares because steroid use is a form of cheating. Since steroids work so well, they create an unfair advantage for those who take them, and this breaks the social contract athletes have implicitly agreed to: We are going to have a fair contest. There are things we can and cannot do. Even if there were a safe performance-enhancing substance, if it weren't available to everybody, using it would still be cheating." - Michael Dillingham
By: Dania Chavez and Chris Perez