prisha.rajuprisha.raju

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Should athletes be allowed to use steroids?

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While some people believe that sport is about cultivating excellence and inspiring us to become better people, others contend that it is merely a mechanism to push ourselves, to break records and progress the limits of human nature. Doping has always been an issue for athletes. https://www.ozy.com/opinion/should-performance-enhancing-drugs-be-allowed-in-sports/83790
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For decades, a culture of drug enhancements — from “greenies” to steroids to HGH — has been cultivated in the sport. If an athlete wants to make it to the majors, it’s a given that he’ll have to beat PED-using opponents to do it. For most players, it becomes a matter of livelihood. And according to one legend, cultivating power has become the most guaranteed route to a meal ticket.
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Should performance enhancing drugs be legalized? What do you think of athletes who dope up?
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Why not? Athletes and their handlers are often looking for something to give them an advantage anyways.
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Those who oppose the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs say that the athletes who use them are breaking the rules and getting an unfair advantage over others.
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Those who oppose the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs say that the athletes who use them are breaking the rules and getting an unfair advantage over others.
That is usually their argument. It's unfair to those who don't take drugs.
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Athletes are endangering not only their own health, but also indirectly encouraging youngsters to do the same.
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It is hypocritical for society to encourage consumers to seek drugs to treat all sorts of ailments and conditions but to disdain drug use for sports. The risk to athletes has been overstated and that the effort to keep them from using performance-enhancing drugs is bound to fail.
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Our society has an oddly schizophrenic relationship with pharmaceuticals and medical technology. If something could be said to be natural, we tend to be OK with it. If it's lab-made or synthetic, we tend to be leery. But even synthetic drugs and man-made technology seem to be OK if the aim is to make sick people better or broken people whole again.
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Anabolic steroids do have undesirable side effects: acne, baldness, voice changes and infertility. But sports itself is far more dangerous, and we don't prohibit it. The number of deaths from playing professional football and college football are 50 to 100 times higher than even the wild exaggerations about steroids. More people have died playing baseball than have died of steroid use.
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To say that we should reduce drugs in sport or eliminate them because they increase performance, is simply like saying that we should eliminate alcohol from parties because it increases sociability.
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Performance enhancement is not against the spirit of sport, it's been a part of sport through its whole history, and to be human is to be better, or at least to try to be better.
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I am not willing to pay the price for legalizing steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, because I've seen too often what it can do. I don't want to go to the cemetery and tell all the athletes who are dead there, 'Hey guys, soon you'll have a lot more of your friends coming, because we're going to legalize this stuff.'
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We need better testing, harsher punishments and people will decide not to get involved with performance-enhancing drugs.
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Performance enhancement is not against the spirit of sport, it's been a part of sport through its whole history, and to be human is to be better, or at least to try to be better.
A lot of athletes have been caught before but they're still playing. It seems like a normal thing in sports.
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The use of performance-enhancing drugs is not accidental; it is planned and deliberate with the sole objective of getting an unfair advantage. I don't want my kids, or your kids, or anybody's kids to have to turn themselves into chemical stockpiles just because there are cheaters out there who don't care what they promised when they started to participate.
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