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August 30, 2007

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Robert

Perhaps part of the issue is to do with health. Isn't it generally accepted that while TRAINING makes you healthier as well as faster, taking steroids is actually harmful to the body even though it provides a short term advantage.

If performance enhancing drugs are brought into the fold, then it will quickly become the case that anyone who wants to win will have to take drugs to do so. The situation will be similar to that of super-models, who starve themselves to death.

Sport provides useful social functions too: Aspiration, role models, team work, a work ethic. All these positive aspects would be undermined if drugs were to be legalised.

Ario

What Robert said. Also, from what I can tell, the problem really lies with successful enforcement (there isn't enough personnel, spot checks, support from the bureaucrats that run a given sports association) of the rules rather than their inherent erronuousness.

So, in conjunction, two other things spring to mind: 1) legalise doping and only those with the most money would be able to afford the best and newest drugs, undermining the democratic nature of sport (in which merit counts and not your financial background).

2) do we really want to put talented children in the hands of doctors whose first concern is short-term gain rather than the long-term health of the athletes?

I maintain that proper enforcement (i.e. with sufficient financial back up) hasn't been tried yet, so maybe it was about time it was done.

Monjo

Your argument is flimsy, why not say "They are all cheating anyway, so just let them and then we can see which country has the best drugs"?

Sport, business, life, etc, is about making rules and then following them and punishing those who don't.

Elizabeth Young

Let's imagine that Nicola Saunders had finished 3rd or worse; would people be treating Christine Ohorughu so shamefully? Alas, she is branded a drugs cheat and people are thinking: "If she hadn't been in the race, Nicola would have won." It isn't necessarily race driven, but the fact that she's black doesn't help. Example: When Greg Rusedski came along, the 'Great' British public embraced him... that is, until Tim Henman came along. Whenever they played each other, does anyone really think the 'Great' British public wanted Greg to beat Tim? Could it be that deep down the 'Great' British public is upset that Christine (being black and therefore not a proper brit) and not Nicola won? Nicola herself looked a bit sour to me.

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