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Should doping be allowed in sport? 2016.09.23
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Andrew:Why don’t we just allow all athletes to use drugs to enhance their performances in competitive sport? Then we won’t have to spend millions of dollars to track down those who take drugs. And athletes themselves need not give up a fortune to avoid been caught doping. I have been pondering about this during the Olympic Games.

Simon:You are funny. You are arguing that doping will be OK if every athlete is allowed to take performance-enhancing drugs. If doping is fine, then you migh

Andrew:Why is it funny? If you allow everyone to cheat, then you are creating a level playing field for everyone. Think about it – if you and I are running against each other and we both have taken performance-enhancing drugs, how can you say it is unfair?

Simon:You can’t be serious. Listen, cheating destroys the values and spirit of sport. Athletes will no longer have to be committed and dedicated in training. There will be no respect for laws and rules. In fact the real competition will be switched from the fi eld to the lab. We’ll see another type of rivalry as pharmaceutical companies race to produce drugs for athletes.

Andrew: Come on, let’s be honest, in professional competition, most of the big names in their field have doped at least once in their career. If you allow them to dope, you can control doping in a constructive manner.

Simon:What’s at stake here is the irreversible impact of doping on sportsmanship. You are pressing for ‘medals over morals’. People will take advantage and cheat because they will place personal honour over morals and
sportsmanship.

Key arguments (Andrew)

1. It is fair when all athletes are allowed take drugs.
2. Controlling drugs is a better policy than banning them outright.

Key arguments (Simon)

1. Doping contradicts the values of sportsmanship.
2. Just because everyone takes drugs does not justify doping.

Glossary

World Anti-Doping Agency (世界反運動禁藥機構)
Disqualification (取消資格)
Sportsmanship (體育精神)
Pharmaceutical company (藥物公司)
Medals over morals (獎牌比道德更重要)
Team sport (團體運動)

Did you know?

FORMER world number one Maria Sharapova was banned for two years in June after she was tested positive for a drug usually prescribed for heart problems. The drug meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substances list in January. Sharapova admitted that she had been taking the drug for 10 years. But the 29-year-old Russian, who is the richest woman in the sports world, said that was because she suffered from a magnesium deficiency.

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo once said doping has no effect in team sport. He stressed that unlike individual sport, football is a team event and doping cannot improve performance unless all 11 players in the side received the same performance-enhancing drug.

Questions

1. Are you on Simon’s side. Or do you agree with Andrew?
2. What does doping mean?
3. Name two values mentioned by Simon about sportsmanship.
4. There is no unfairness when everyone is allowed to use drugs. Discuss.

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