Performance Enhancing Drugs Should Not Be Legalized Essay

1103 Words Oct 17th, 2008 5 Pages
Performance enhancing drugs should not be legalized

‘Olympic track star Marion Jones was sentenced in a federal court to six months in prison.’ (Kelly and Rao, 2008) The reason why Jones was guilty is because of the use of performance enhancing drugs since 1999. More and more famous athletes prove to have used banned drugs to enhance their performance. At the same time, the role that the anti-doping agency is more and more important in the world wide games, such as Olympic Game, Tour de France. Nowadays, whether the performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) should be legalized has sparked a heated debate. However, the use of PEDs is morally wrong and it should be banned in sports. This essay will demonstrate three main points which explain the
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Alzado (1992) admitted his using anabolic steroids, ‘I started taking anabolic steroids in 1969 and never stopped. It was addicting, mentally addicting.’

Professor Julian Saculescu (2007), a practical ethicist at Oxford University thought that drugs should be legalized in sports. He believed that the problem which a growing number of athletes use banned drugs and received a punishment can be resolved by legalizing some drugs. Caffeine had banned for many years in sports before and lots of athletes were punished because of it but it was found to be safe and fair to use so it was legalized later. This is what should be done in today and there will be no cheating to use these drugs. However, it will be controversial that how to determine which drug should be legalized. No matter which kind of drug is legalized, it must be cost a lot to buy it, unfortunately, the athletes comes from poor counties can not afford it. So, the competitions will not only on the field but also in the economy, it is apparently unreasonable. In addition, it is also a kind of escapism to resolve the problem by legalizing drugs.
In conclusion, the use of PEDs should not be legalized. Obviously, the advantage comes from drugs is unfair; it not follow the spirit of sports; using these drugs is not safe. All the competitions and athletes should be “clean”. What the athletes should do is to train hard

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