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Vast resources are dedicated to detecting and punishing doping among athletes in professional sport. Despite the punishments, many competitors use performance-enhancing drugs anyway. Should doping be allowed in sport? Would it be better to let athletes take what they want? Or should doping be managed and controlled to create a more level playing field, rather than granting unfair advantage?

Some doping should be allowed Show more Show less

Doping in a heavily regulated environment could build a more level playing field in professional sport.
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Not all drugs are created equal

Not all performance enhancing drugs carry risks to an athlete's health.
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Taking a small dose of EPO does not carry the same health risks as taking anabolic steroids for example.

The Argument

Steroids carry far more significant health risks than other performance enhancing drugs and should not be allowed under any circumstances. However, more mild drugs could be permitted in a controlled way without posing a serous threat to the athlete's health. If the drugs were permitted and heavily regulated, even the marginal health impacts could be radically minimized, allowing athlete's to take performance enhancing drugs safely.

Counter arguments

It isn't just the health impacts that make doping unsuited to professional sport. Doping goes against the notion of equal competition, a core tenet of professional sport. Therefore, no doping should be permitted, even if it can be done with no risk to the athlete's health.


[P1] Some milder drugs can be taken safely without negative consequences on the athlete's health. [P2] These could be permitted in professional sports.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Doping, of any kind, runs counter to the spirit of professional sport.



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