Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Sport in Society at Warwick University
Pro to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"A sportsman or woman who seeks an advantage from drugs just moves up to the level appropriate to his or her underlying ability. When I watch games I want to see the demonstration of human virtues such as vision, risk-assessment and strategic thinking. [...]
There are no drugs to enhance the human characteristics of judgment and leadership. If there were, would we not want the prime minister to take them? And if there were drugs for hand-eye coordination, would we not pay more to see a performer who had taken them than one who had not? [...]
In general, the risk to health from performance-enhancing drugs is considerably less than that from tobacco or alcohol, and we ought not to apply paternalistic moral assumptions to sport that we are not prepared to apply to the rest of life."
"Faster, Stronger, Higher," Guardian, Aug. 9, 2004
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founding Director, Centre for the Study of Sport in Society, Warwick University
Emeritus Reader in Politics, University of Warwick
Visiting Professor of the Politics of Sport, University of Brighton
Appointed, "Ambassador," National Forest Company, 2005