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Drug Tests in Sports

  • Date Submitted: 08/18/2013 08:50 AM
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Drug Tests in Sports
In recent years, the number of athletes caught using drug has increased dramatically. Drugs and sports are two words that should never be used the same sentence.   In 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal because drug testing revealed human growth hormones in his system. (Drug Testing)   By doing this, it sent a message that unfair competition will not be tolerated. Some people believe that drug testing is a waste of time and money and others believe that it is an invasion of privacy. Drug testing in sports are rules of the game that need to be enforced.
Every competitive sport has rules.   Theses rules need to be enforced if the sport is to have any true meaning.   Among these rules is a ban on artificial muscle-builders such as steroids. These rules were created to ensure a fair game and an even playing field for all competitors. (Lee and Griswold) Whether in high school or the major league, an athlete represents his or her sport and is responsible for upholding its prestige. Not following the rules and using substances to enhance your game is considered cheating. It is not fair to other teams and your teammates if you are using drugs. The athletes that work hard to be the best without using drugs deserve to be the best.
Athletes, either college or professional, are sometimes role models for many young people.   Many children look up to famous people or say they want to be like them.   They may also try to behave like their favorite athlete. If a child were to find out that their favorite athlete was doing drugs to enhance their performance, it would more than likely hurt the child.   It may also make the child think that it is okay to do drugs.   Athletes should set examples for other people. They should not encourage other people to do things that aren’t right.
Athletes aren’t chosen to be on a team for just any reason, they’re chosen because they are the best. A true athlete should be able to perform without the...

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