DRUGS IN SPORTS
The use of drug use in sport is both unhealthy and contrary to the ethics of sport..It is necessary to protect the physical and spiritual health of athletes, the values of fair play and of competition, the integrity and the unity of sport, and the rights of those who take part in it at whatever level. (Smapworld.tripod.com, 2015)
Drug use has no place in sport! The term “equal conditions for all” is commonly known in sports. It is the general moral principle of equal justice for all, regardless of their race, gender, religion, culture etc. The problem of competitive sports is a moral issue. I believe many athletes are now relying on performance-enhancing drugs to hasten their way to achieve their goals unfairly, letting nothing stop in their way.
Nowadays, sport has become a business, and winning is no longer only about the glory and knowledge that one is the best. It has now become about money, exposure and adulation. Most athletes train to believe that winning is their only goal and the huge financial rewards for winning also add a lot of pressure and temptation.
Sport is considered to be a building and growing environment, helping people learn from not only victory, but also defeat. They are taught the virtues of dedication. Sports develops team building skills, great co-operation, independence, and improvement in moral and social values. People integrate as individuals, improve health and fitness levels and develop an integrated society.
So why are so many athletes turning to drugs to achieve a victory? Many ethical problems arise because of many reasons such as (but are not limited to), the competitive side of the athlete takes over and will try anything to achieve a winning, and most coaching practices emphasize winning as the only goal in their sport. Media can also have an input into pressuring athletes to win, and athletes can develop a powerful attitude that doping is necessary to win. This...