Fix the dope problem in Sports!

by mathieubgervais on November 6, 2013 - 7:53pm

Athletes who test positive on drug test receive consequences from the league they play in. Players from the NFL (National Football League) the IOC (International Olympic Committee), UCI (Union cyclist International), NHL (National Hockey League), NCAA etc. get different consequences to their acts of consuming performance enhancing drugs. This is a problem that is debated amongst people because why should an athlete from one particular sport get a smaller consequence that an athlete from a different sport when using the same performance enhancement drug? 

               In the first article I’ve read (peer reviewed) talks about the different consequences athletes receive depending the league they are acquired to. In this case they talk about the NFL, IOC, and UCI. The NFL consequence are a lot smaller than the ones in IOC and UCI. When tested positive in the IOC and UCI penalties could be getting banned for a year or more and in the NFL after a first offence a player only gets restriction to play for four-games without pay and after they are eligible to play. Another difference in the consequence a player will receive in the IOC and UCI compared to the NFL is the titles and rewards a player will receive. In the NFL a player tested positive is allowed to keep their titles won during the year for example winning the rookie of the year award as when in the IOC and UCI the participants must give back their metals won. Then debates occur on whether the athlete should be permitted to participate in  future competition or not. The article finishes by saying that the IOC and UCI should follow the NFL’s way of processing suspensions for the use of illicit drugs, as it is unfair for NFL athlete to get a second chance to show they can be clean, when contestants who participate in the IOC and UCI don’t get any chances.   

               The second article I’ve read talks about the drug test from the different sports associations like professional sports, NCAA, IOC, high school and college leagues. Within professional sports drug test vary depending on the sport and when an athlete test positive they are more likely to get helped then receive a punishment for using enhancing drugs. They debate that if anybody could go in a drug store and buy these drugs legally, why would professional player be punished for using these enhancing drugs that help them perform. The article mentions that IOC have the strictest policies  concerning drugs and once an athlete test positive using enhancing drugs or drugs off the street, severe consequences come from the athlete’s action. The whole article mostly talks about the different drug test used in different leagues across the world and show how different each committee handles the problem.

               Both articles are similar to one another. The peer reviewed article goes more into detail and the information that comes from it is more credible, but both article share the same idea. In sports across the world, sport association take drug testing and consequences for using drugs differently. In a way it is unfair for athletes. Because some athletes who use enhancement drugs could continue their careers and become a legend when on the other side, the athletes career is destroyed with major penalties. As you can see from both articles, this topic is a major problems in the world of sports and it is diffused all over the media.

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