Last updated on: 8/5/2016 | Author:

David van Mill, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“How interested are we in fairness in sport? Athletes try to enhance their performance in many ways: coaches, psychologists, dietitians, massage therapists, training at high altitude, skin-tight swimsuits. All of these are used to gain an advantage, which is often unfair because, like drugs, they are available to some – wealthy athletes rather than cheats – but not to everyone.

The Tour de France, a sporting event well known for drug use, would not suddenly become a level contest if drug use disappeared. The race winner has his performance enhanced by the quality of his team…

Given that drugs are significantly cheaper than psychologists, permitting their use might actually level out the playing field for poorer athletes. Finally, if fairness is our major concern we can easily solve the problem by lifting the prohibition – thus making drugs available to all athletes.”

“Why Are We So Opposed to Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sport?,”, Aug. 27, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of Western Australia
  • Contributor, The Conversation
  • Harper Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1996-1999
  • PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MA, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • BA, Lancaster University
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?