Former Chief Executive Officer of the US Olympic Committee (USOC)
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"The Olympic ideal, as enumerated in the Olympic Charter to which all participating Olympic nations must subscribe, stresses the attributes of fair play, and the respect for fundamental ethical principles. The use by any athlete in the Olympic Movement of any banned drug to improve his or her athletic performance is a gross betrayal of those principles...
People, particularly young people, are educated as much by observing what happens in their world as what is presented in the classroom. And when it is disclosed that certain
athlete role models have used banned substances to improve their performance, it sends a terrible message on many levels.
First of all it implicitly condones cheating. The use of banned or illegal substances to improve athletic performance is nothing more than cheating. Secondly, there is the perception that aside from the ethical concerns, there are few, if any, deleterious health consequences of using these substances. Both children and adults are exposed to a constant barrage of advertising, news stories regarding how celebrities have used certain drugs to retain or renew their youth, and suggestions that certain exotic 'natural substances,' readily available in health food stores, offer a panacea for health, fitness and
well-being. Such information often masks reports of the tragic consequences that can lead to depression, suicides, and the development of other fatal conditions, all of which
appear to have resulted from the use of certain of these substances."
Written Testimony for the hearing on "Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition" before US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Feb. 27, 2008
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