Doping In Sports

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Athletics are extremely competitive. Athletes will do anything in order to stay at the top of their sport, even if that means taking illegal substances such as steroids or human growth hormones to get a head of the game. We know that Major League baseball has had a problem with the use of steroids. Even with the greatest athletes in the world. They will do anything to get that gold medal. The Olympics is notorious for having athletes test positive for steroid use. Every since the Greeks and the start of the Olympics athletes have used enhancers, the Greeks used sesame seeds. The Greeks thought the sesame seeds had special powers to make them have more endurance. The Greek athletes would eat bull testicles; they thought they …show more content…
“The Commission is given three guiding principles: protection of the health of athletes, respect for medical and sport ethics, and equality for all competing athletes” (International Olympic committee). This commission is created after a cyclist was killed during a race. The IOC started drug testing the following year in 1968 at the winter Olympics. But the drug tests that were done did not pick up anabolic steroids at that time, and it was a small number that actually were tested. But the IOC would begin to crack down on the use of steroids. By the 1972 Olympic games the IOC had upped its number of samples taken. A total of 2079 samples where taken seven athletes were disqualified, this test only tested for stimulates and narcotics. It wasn’t until 1975 that anabolic steroids could be added to the banned substance list for the IOC. Before 1975 there wasn’t a valid test that could pick up anabolic steroids. The year after that at the Montreal summer Olympics the IOC was able to drug test for anabolic steroids and out of 786, 11 athletes where disqualified for testing positive for a …show more content…
The USADA has all authority for anti-doping for the Olympics in the United States. They are also in charge of all anti-doping programs in the U.S. the USADA was still having some trouble picking up new anabolic steroids. But in 2002 Dr. Catlin an instrumental scientist in drug testing in sports found how to identify designer anabolic steroids. In 2004 the IOC gave the prohibited list to WADA to control. The same year WADA takes caffeine of that list. Their ruling was that athletes and people metabolize it differently. U.S women’s sprinter Marion jones admitted to using steroids created by the BALCO Company before the 2000 games. She was stripped of her medals three of which were gold. WADA is in control of all testing done for the Olympic games. Also they are in charge of testing for sports federations. All the athletes will take part in a drug test and be notified when it’s their turn to do so. The WADA takes both a blood and urine sample from the athlete. The athlete is under constant watch by the anti doping officer. Then the athlete has to fill out a report of all the medications they have taken in the last seven days. There is an appeal process if tested positive. For first time offenders they are suspended from any Olympic events for 2 years, if they have a second offense after the 2 years the athlete is banned for

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