Performance enhancing drugs are banned as they increase the athlete’s playing ability, which is not accurate. However, athletes are allowed to consume bananas and isotonic drinks, which also serve to increase their playing ability. If that is the case, why aren’t bananas and isotonic drinks classified as performance enhancing drugs and therefore banned?
If performance enhancing drugs were allowed, not only would the playing field be levelled, it would be at a higher level, A huge part of watching sports is witnessing the very peak of human athletic ability, and legalizing performance enhancing drugs would help athletes climb even higher. Steroids and doping will help pitchers to throw harder, home runs to go further, cyclists to charge for longer and sprinters to test the very limits of human speed.
This should be the business of private companies to decide for themselves. That the public doesn't respect steroid use is enough incentive for them to continue to ban performance-enhancing drugs. But if someone wants to create leagues with other rules that should be fine. In fact what would likely happen is different leagues would have various different rules. In that way sports leagues would in addition to entertainment functions perform laboratory functions as over time we'll be able to see the effects that drugs have on athletes. If the problem ever gets too bad then maybe it's time to ban them again or if not that then to impose certain new restrictions but that's how public policy is supposed to work. Instead of just assuming an answer to be right from the outset we should experiment and see what happens and then adjust for what happens.
I do not think that performance enhancing drugs should be allowed. They are not natural. They make game play unfair. Also they are not good for people so this kind of drug use should not be encouraged or permitted. I think that things are much better when people work hard themselves to be good at something.
PED's are cheating. They do not create fair competition. Healthy competition should be just that, since PED"s can have severe side effects. Athletes should be able to rely on their skill and training when they compete and not on PED's. They should be able to compete against others who are held to the same standards.
Performance enhancing drugs should stay out of sports. I want to see natural people compete in these sports and maintain what integrity they can. Not to mention the fact that performance enhancing drugs being legal would cause a biological arms race in the game which would hurt players of the sports.
Performance enhancing drugs shouldn't be allowed in professional sports today. Virtually all sports have banned them, but players continue to try and cheat the system. These drugs aren't safe for athletes and make a given sport less genuine. Without a doubt, players should rely upon their own skills and talents - nothing else.
No, I do not believe performance enhancing drugs should be allowed. It is not fair to those that are naturally talented or work hard to remain in shape for another to come in and take the spotlight because they have decided to take the easy route. It is also not fair to those that have great talent, but choose not to partake in the drugs. Hard work is becoming an endangered species in this country.
What happens in professional sports eventually filters down to young children who want to be like the pros. Allowing performance-enhancing drugs in sports will ruin the lives of millions of children who want a shot at being in professional sports. Allowing rampant drug use is not good for the minds or bodies of young children. If PEDs were legalized in sports, it would be up to the parents to authorize their use. However, the pressure of high-dollar sports and high-dollar athletes is too great. Many kids won't be able to resist the temptation.
The entire point of sporting competition is to pit two nearly-evenly matched individuals or groups against each other after extensive training to determine which is better after this period. Theoretically, I don't have anything against 'performance enhancing' drugs, except that in order for the competition to remain fair and not merely determined by who has the most money to dope their players up with, everyone would have to take these drugs. Considering that these drugs always have unintended side effects, sometimes disproportionally bad in comparison to the performance increase, many if not most players would likely refuse to take these drugs if allowed to do so above board. So, basically, there is no way to introduce them without ruining the fairness of the competition.
By allowing athletes to take performance enhancing drugs, the entire dynamics of sport would shift. Currently the ideological theory behind professional sport, whether it be sprinting, cycling or football, is that individuals push themselves to be the best that THEY can be. The idea that legalising drugs would create a more level playing field is not true. The facts are that some athletes would have access to better and more of these drugs than others, just as is the case when a football team is finding a new coach. Some clubs can afford better more experienced coaches but they're all allowed to have a coach.