Outline of response to Drugs and the Olympics

Outline of response to Drugs and the Olympics - Drugs and...

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‘Drugs and the Olympics’ – Tying Evaluation to Claims Main claim: The writer argues that a more sophisticated response to regulating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is required, wherein it is the governing bodies for individual sports that should decide which drugs to permit. The writer recognizes the practical difficulty of detecting performance- enhancing drugs as well as the increasing prevalence of drug use in sport (see ‘The Dirtiest Games Ever?’). o Some fitness supplements are allowed which are potentially damaging to health, e.g. Creatine (see ‘Doping: Banned Substances’) and the line between acceptable and unacceptable substances can appear rather arbitrary. o Some innocent athletes still fail drug tests because they have consumed products that were not properly labelled, etc. (see ‘Doping: Banned Substances’). Supporting claims: (1) Performance-enhancing drugs are not as dangerous to athletes’ health as their opponents claim. This is supported by: a) the negative health effects are (mostly) only temporary; and b) performance-enhancing drugs are not as damaging to health as tobacco and alcohol, which are not banned. Ill effects on athletes’ health are not fully considered even though many
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This note was uploaded on 11/01/2011 for the course EG 1413 taught by Professor Prof during the Spring '11 term at National University of Singapore.

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