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Doping in professional sport – Ethical issue

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Sport is a part of everyone’s life. Walking, cycling and everyday moving makes us all a bit healthier every day. Some like sport less, some more, but some are very passionate about sport and its impact on our society. Sport makes people energised and happier many times. In professional sport, the individuals or the whole teams can also become our heroes. Each country has the sport they are the best at. My country, Slovakia, is famous for its ice-hockey team which almost every year brings a medal back home from the world championship. The year 2002 meant a bit of fame for the country as we became champions of the world. Each Slovakian feels pride for this achievement and surely it brought the nation a bit closer together. England prides with great football teams, Bulgaria with volleyball team, etc. There is no better feeling than the feeling of pride when we hear the national hymn playing in order to honour the winning team. Shivers, tears, happiness…

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We can only imagine how much pressure professional sportsmen feel when competing for their country. Therefore they sometimes succumb to the drugs or other illegal doping which puts their lives in danger.  In such cases the presence of a coach becomes crucial. Coach is a person who should motivate the team/individual to become better every day, to achieve amazing results and make the country honoured. Also, they need to make sure that the team/individuals are aware that the game is not just about wins and loses but also about the whole institution and how they engage with their colleagues and that they understand the values of the sport itself. Using different modifications to improve one’s performance is a real issue nowadays. One can’t be a hero if he achieved the great result while cheating. Many, however, still argue the legality of the doping. Some say that sportsmen should not be tested.

How about Paralympians? Should they be tested? The world of Paralympics was scandal-free until the year 2000 when Spanish basketball team was disqualified after winning gold for cheating-most of the player were completely healthy with no learning difficulties. Many Paralympians and disability-rights speakers reacted with an argument that it proves that disabled people can achieve same results as the healthy ones, including cheating. They argue that people can find a role model in a person who made mistakes better.

Who is to blame when a doping is proven in the lives of the professional sportsmen?