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TGAS- Following this week's recent allegations, should drugs cheats get lifetime bans from sports?

Asked by: TGASOrr
  • Drug cheats deserve a life time ban (if they do it twice)

    Everyone can make one mistake, but to cheat twice using drugs is not a mistake; it's a choice. They are not only cheating themselves, but the world, their fans and their family. It's not fair on those people who give everything, train 24/7 and make every sacrifice. One failed drug test need not ruin a career, but two should prevent them from competing and cheating EVER again.

  • Drug cheats deserve a life time ban (if they do it twice)

    Everyone can make one mistake, but to cheat twice using drugs is not a mistake; it's a choice. They are not only cheating themselves, but the world, their fans and their family. It's not fair on those people who give everything, train 24/7 and make every sacrifice. One failed drug test need not ruin a career, but two should prevent them from competing and cheating EVER again.

  • Cheating is wrong

    B12 says: By taking drugs as such a public figure they are not being good role models for children. They think they can get away with it as they are 'famous'. In most other jobs some one would be sacked for illegal use of drugs and couldn't return to that career, e.g. teaching. They should not be allowed to win because they have cheated
    !

  • Cheating is against the ethos of sport!

    D2 were very divided - 7 thought yes and 6 thought no! However, ultimately we thought that if they were given a temporary ban they may still have an unfair advantage over others when they re-joined their sport because they had extra help to build their muscle mass so won't need to take steroids anymore. Also, sport is about healthy competition and who is the best - not who has the best drugs! Half of D2 were more about the rehabilitation element - just because someone did something once, doesn't mean they will do it again and they deserve a second chance. However this is still unfair as they have had the initial advantage in the first place.

  • Banned for life N2

    We were split in opinion however majority said yes. They should have the sense not to take it in the first place. It's cheating so they should be banned and it's not fair if other people are in the race and haven't taken any drugs for them to then gain the fame glory and money.

    Although it's different with different sports they shouldn't be banned if it's a team sport because then they let a whole a team down rather than just themselves. Also if they take a different drug like cocaine they shouldn't be banned because it's not performance enhancing drug.

  • V6 think ...

    We agree with a ban but not a lifetime one. We think that a year ban might be detrimental to their fitness so maybe a 6 month ban or from a set amount of competitions. Sometimes people have been found with drugs in their system that they didn't intend to take or that someone gave them to trick them. It would be unfair to ban someone permanently because of this. The majority of V6 thought that they should keep their titles however.

  • It's not fair on those who train all their lives.

    E6 believe that everyone should get a second chance. Opinions were divided however, and some students felt that they should receive a lifetime ban. Yet, on balance the majority of E6 voted "no". E6 think that you should have the chance to redeem yourself and learn from your mistakes. #E6FTW

  • Dependent on situation

    V9 says: That if caught for the first time, then we say they should have a small ban of about 6 months or more. However if caught repeatedly, we say that a lifetime ban is appropriate, as it suggest they are not naturally good at their sport, and rely on enhancers. :)

  • Able to cheat? Medal delete!

    M1 were divided as well, 8 thought that there should be no lifetime ban and 5 thought that there should. In the end we decided that there should be stricter punishments. Not only should athletes who take drugs have their medals stripped away and their prize money paid back but also a large fine which takes into account their most recent winnings. Athletes should be banned from the next event/season to make it fair. It should always be a priority to randomly spot test for drugs in events. We do think that cheating is wrong though and should not be allowed! It takes away the whole point of the sport! M01

  • B6 say is should be reviewed case by case.

    It shouldn't be a life time ban because they enjoy the sport. It may have been a mistake and they shouldn't be punished for the rest of their life. If they caught again then they would get a life time ban. Some medical treatments can cause an athlete to fail a test and they should not be punished. Maybe they should not compete if unwell or inform the athletics committee if they are using drugs for health reasons.

  • Is it really their fault?

    D9 were divided however they all came to the conclusion that sometimes athletes are normal people who make mistakes and are easily led by others. Could the drugs be enforced by their trainers or their managers? Do we know the full story behind the allegations? Everyone makes mistakes and even sometimes not everyone is involved - so why should they be punished if it was not their fault/influence? You never know what the back story is! However, D9 did recognise the importance of fair play and that it is unfair to have an advantage over others. Should they be banned for life? No. Maybe just a period of time.

  • No, not if it's the first time..

    The majority of D3 thought that they shouldn’t be given a lifetime ban if they had only used drugs once. If the athlete had used drugs on more than one occasion then a life time ban may be appropriate. But athletes need the chance to learn from their mistakes and their careers shouldn’t be taken away from them if there is a chance of rehabilitation. Other students felt that a life time ban should be given straight away because athletes who cheat may stop others from getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to win.

  • People deserve a second chance

    Some members of the tutor group believe that they should be banned for life, because ultimately their actions are damaging others' lives (in a variety of ways), therefore they deserve to have their life damaged too. However, the majority of the tutor group believe that there should be a punishment but not for life. People may change, and everyone makes mistakes, it's learning from them that is important. A lifetime ban is too much because people don't get a second chance to show that they have learnt from their mistake. However, N12 do not believe in third and fourth chances. If, after having their second chance, they are then caught taking drugs again, this should be a lifetime ban as it will show they haven't learnt from their mistakes. Finally, N12 also believe that more should be done to check that sport is drug-free, as this may avoid as many problems in the first place.

  • Sport is about fairness...

    ...And that fairness should extend to people who have been caught doing the wrong thing. We voted 9-4 in favour of limited bans for athletes because we felt that people deserve a second chance. Coaches, however, are in a position of authority, and lifetime bans should certainly be given if they are found to have supplied PEDs to under 18s!

  • Everyone deserves a second chance!

    We believe everyone should have a second chance. Team members would be let down if there was a lifetime ban, for some people sport is their life and therefore it would take away their whole career. Another proposal is that after a second offence their should be a lifetime ban.


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