Drug use in sport is fast becoming a crisis
Drug use in sport is quickly and sadly becoming a huge thing in sport. Any form of taking drugs before an event is illegal, but that doesn’t stop elite athletes taking the chance of not being drug tested. People taking drugs are not only cheating at the sport that they are playing, they are cheating themselves as well.
In amateur sports alone, it is said that just over 35% of sports men and women know people who have taken some sort of steroids or drugs just days before a big game or event. Also, it is said that in amateur sports, 8% have come forward and said that they have taken illegal substances just before performing.
According to the UK Anti Doping figures, the national body behind protecting clean sports are currently serving fifty-two bans to sports players and coaches. Worryingly, most of these bans have been served to younger people around the age of eighteen.
Former amateur cyclist, Dan Stevens was banned by the UK Anti Doping agency in 2014 for refusing to take a test. Dan spoke in an interview, “The way they handled the situation was a catastrophic failure.”
One problem in drug testing is inhalers. Despite them being a prescribed drug, it is still a huge debate with different people looking at different ends of the spectrum. (Personally, I think that that there shouldn’t be a huge fuss as if it’s prescribed and for something like asthma, it is important so you certainly shouldn’t be banned for something as minor as that.)
Taking illegal substances is just silly, you are not only cheating, it could affect your health in a big way! If you win but you have taken an illegal substance, the guilt must be exceedingly high!
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent
Senior Young Journalist
Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy