Ethical Considerations About The Necessity Of Anti Doping Laws

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Ethical considerations about the necessity of anti-doping laws in sports
With constant scientific improvements and a rise in doping cases in sports during the last years, we have to ask the question if it is still justified to prohibit doping or if drugs should be legalised to create a more even playing field and be seen as a part of our normal evolution. The ethics of human enhancement is a part of moral philosophy, which looks at the reasons and arguments for and against the current policies and bans in place which criminalise performance enhancing drug use in sports. (Juengst, Eric and Moseley, & Daniel 2016) It also evaluates and raises awareness to the human costs which come with those enhancements or their prohibition. (Allhoff, Lin, Moor J., & Weckert, 2009)
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s anti-doping laws are meant to provide athletes with a protective and safe environment in a fair contest. (Hemphill, 2009) Looking at the main problems of fairness, competition and health, this essay argues that the negative effects of drug use would far outweigh any gains of equality and liberty and that therefore performance enhancing drug use in sports should not be decriminalised. (Orchard, Fricker, White, Burke, & Healey, 2006)
Today’s regulations in sports pose strict limitations on which substances athletes are and aren’t allowed to take and are based on a number of argument. (Hemphill, 2009)
One of the main problems is concerned with the unfair advantage athletes gain by…

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