In a previous post that is linked below, I described how blood doping can enhance performance. This entire process is illegal but the chase for riches and fame can cloud judgement. Doping is the use of banned performance enhancing drugs. It can be seen in everything from wrestling to baseball. As technology increases to catch the cheating, the cheating becomes even more sophisticated. You have doctors that establish practices which help with blood doping or other forms of doping for athletes who don’t want to get old.
History of Doping
Doping has been around since the beginning of human history. It was not as advanced as it is today but doping in its various forms is still doping. Doping has been used in military engagements (opium, certain mushrooms) from the Greeks to the early 19th century. Imagine being in a roman garrison advancing on an enemy position, you kind of need a push or chemical stimulant to improve your chances of survival and create fear in the eyes of your enemy. More recently, the US military has used stimulants and steroids in their food supply to enhance a soldiers strength and stamina.
During World War 2, the British military used amphetamine tablets for their soldiers to help them defeat the Germans. They were so confident that this drug would work, they produced 72 million pills. Now amphetamine is also known as speed on the street. Now in sports, this is great but for soldiers, it lead to a willingness to take more risks and a lack of judgement. Guess what the doping effects are? You guessed it more deaths especially in the air force. The british leadership had to remove the pills to save lives.
Prior to the reunification of Germany, the East German Olympic teams were know to use growth hormones and animal steroids to win more gold medals to prove that communism was better than capitalism. The western nations used this opportunity to create a chemical arms race to compete against doped teams. The effects of doping were not considered, just the amount of medals. This chemical race brought anabolic steroids to the forefront of medicine.
Why Stop Sports Doping?
As you can tell, an arms race was created with no regard to the athletes. Cyclists, weightlifters and other athletes were dying or injuring themselves to the point where they could not compete. It was no longer about the skill set that an athlete possessed, but how big or fast he can chemically become. Some viewed it as a loss of principal and enjoyment. So the start of anti doping began to make the sports fair to all. To not only protect the integrity of the sport but also the life of an athlete.
Do you prefer sports with or without performance enhancing drugs?