Performance Enhancing Drugs ( Ped ) Essays

1759 Words Dec 15th, 2016 8 Pages
Barry Bonds, a seven-time National League Most Valuable Player and, 14-time All-Star, holds the Major League Baseball (MLB) record in career home run with 762. Even with these records and accolades, Barry Bonds is considered to be one of the most polarizing players of all time. This controversy stems from his history of using performance enhancing drugs (PED). In fact, from a recent Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) ballot he received under 50 percent of the vote when he needed at least 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in order to be elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Barry Bonds is just one of many athletes who have had a bad reputation for using PEDs during their career. Performance enhancing drugs can help an athlete’s performance, but there is long term effect on the athlete’s body. Therefore, World Anti-Doping Agency and other organizations must do a better job to help athletes understand the risk of using PED.
Background
The Olympics began testing athletes for the use of performance enhancing drugs around 1968, the National Football League began in 1987, and the Major League Baseball began in 2003. The use of PEDs was not a crime until 1988, when Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. Furthermore, to strengthen the act of 1988, Congress listed anabolic steroids as a controlled substance. To help prevent athletes for using PEDs, two nonprofit organizations were created—World Anti-Doping Agency…

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