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Russian doping scandal: Should performance-enhancing drugs be against the rules?

  • Yes, performance-enhancing drugs should be against the rules.

    Yes, performance-enhancing drugs should be against the rules. Sports competitions pit one athlete against another to determine which has the superior strength, skill, stamina, talent, and drive. Performance-enhancing drugs skew the results by giving an unfair edge to the drug user. Young athletes may feel compelled to use drugs in order to compete in an uneven playing field. This practice can endanger their health and possibly their lives.

  • Yes, performance-enhancing drugs should be against the rules.

    I have no problem submitting a firm yes on this one. One's natural athletic abilities should be all that are relied on in any competition or competitive sport. The playing field should be even. If the winner has won due to performance-enhancing drugs, then it is the drugs that have won.

  • No, I don`t think so.

    When people speak of performance-enhancing drugs, more often than not they are referring to anabolic steroids. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines anabolic steroids as "synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male hormone testosterone." The full name of this class of drugs is androgenic anabolic steroids. The term androgenic means that the drugs promote masculine physical characteristics, and anabolic means tissue building.

  • No, drugs used to enhance the performance of athletes should not be widely accepted.

    No, drugs used to enhance the performance of athletes should not be widely accepted. Sports professionals are widely respected and are seen as role models for the children of the world. They should refrain from unethical behavior, and if found guilty of using these drugs, should be removed from competition.


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