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Should the use of performance enhancing drugs be considered cheating?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/5/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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sciphi

Con

I will argue that the use of performance enhancing drugs should not be considered cheating but that they may be banned anyway due to potential health risks.
BehindYou

Pro

I mean yeah of course that is like putting inhuman qualities into a human, it gives them an unfair advantage. Other players could get hurt to, and that's not fair. They are like genetically modified fried chicken, no one likes that
Debate Round No. 1
sciphi

Con

In the 60's many people believed that weight training was cheating because it allowed people to develop muscles and strength beyond their "natural" limits. Even today, people may take cortizone shots and go out and compete effectively even though they may have had to forfeit without the shots. Why is a cortizone shot to treat an injury not a performance enhancer? How about nutrition science? Or the use of modern sports science to study technique and improve performance? There are many ways to enhance performance. Per se, it is difficult to draw the line between "fair" and "unfair" enhancers.

Many top tier athletes strive to be the best they can be. They're coached to be focused this way their whole lives. If some of these athletes are told that Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) will make them even better, it should not be surprising that they would use them. It's ingrained in their competetive nature.

Finally, many of these athletes may reasonably conclude that other top competitors are using PEDs and that they should use them to even the playing field. From this point of view, they're not cheating; rather, they're playing in an even field only after using PEDs themselves.

Given these factors, I would not label PED use as cheating. Rather, it is really to be expected among many highly competitive top tier athletes.

It would be better to legalize PEDs but then monitor them closely and warn users of potential long-term health effects. Ultimately, if PEDs should be made illegal, this should be done on account of health risks. The argument that PED use is cheating really doen't hold water in the eyes of many athletes, coaches, and their fans.
BehindYou

Pro

It's still cheating if their injured just sit it out.
Debate Round No. 2
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Vote Placed by Relativist 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: "It's still cheating if their injured just sit it out" is hardly a rebuttal. No rebuttals was offered whatsoever, hence Con's contention of PED stands.
Vote Placed by Sswdwm 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Zero arguments from Pro, plenty from Con. Con makes a number of decent positive statements to support his position and also made me rethink about the grey areas in this subject. Although I have yet to change my mind, he's going about it the right way.
Vote Placed by tulle 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con successfully convinced me to change my position on this topic, so he gets arguments. Pro presented none.
Vote Placed by dwmiller 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I don't fully agree with con, but because this is a debate, pro did not fully refute any of cons arguments that were made.