Doping in Sport: Should the Suspension Ever be Cut Short?

Why would someone pass up an opportunity to be the best? Why not take one more risk since they take risks every day? These are great questions that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has the answers to.

Doping is a worldwide issue that occurs in many sports and throughout a variety of contexts. Doping is the process of administering drugs to one’s body in order to inhibit or enhance sporting performance. Russia’s track and field team was banned by the IAAF in November 2015 after elite athletes were found guilty of a widespread of drug use after testing by WADA. Recently, the Russian federation has appealed the doping ban.

The use and abuse of prohibited substances in sport is an issue studied by sociologists since the 1940s. In sociological terms, doping is considered a deviant behaviour “a behaviour that goes against widely accepted traditions, norms, values ideology, rules, and laws of society”. 

These questions should ultimately have one answer: That being the best should be done in an unbiased manner. One should not have to fake their way to the top, nor put a substance in their body to raise them above the rest. If a person truly deserve an elevated title, they should be praised if their record is clean and if they have followed the proper the ethics of the sport.

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