Recently, there’s been quite a lot of news, especially here in the UK, regarding sportsmen taking performance-enhancing drugs to achieve better results in a competitive situation. There has been many sports professionals, doctors and coaches who have spoken out, claiming that sportsmen have been taking these drugs for many years, including during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I play sports. I don’t play at a high level really, and I certainly don’t play at the level at which these sportsmen play. However, I still take training and tournaments seriously, and do my best in every aspect of the sport. If I took performance-enhancing drugs to improve my performance either at training or competitively, I don’t know how I could live with myself. Sure, I might win more tournaments and play better, but it wouldn’t be a real victory. What about those who have ben cheated out of the achievements which they have trained hard to claim?
Why do people do it? Victory is obviously every sportsmam’s aim, but if I were them, I would rather work that extra year to build up experience and strength to win something, rather than taking illegal substances. How do you think they feel after? Are they proud that they won something, or do they know that they’ve done something seriously wrong?
It’s just wrong: it angers me that people take these drugs. there are children across the country – across the globe – who look up to these famous sportsmen. Kids watch footballers on Saturdays with their parents; rugby when they begin to play it in school; cricket when they become interested, and maybe join a team. it’s well-known, and simple logic, that children are easily influenced both by the people around them and by famous celebrities, like these sportspeople. so, are we going to have a generation of sportsmen who will think it’s OK – even cool – to take drugs in order to claim gold medals?
Looking back, it sickens me when sportsmen claim their medals, and are later discovered to have been taking drugs. How can they do that? How can they pretend that they won said medal on their own merit, and really be cheating so disgustingly all the time?
what do you think?