As clearly illustrated by the renowned cyclist champion, Lance Armstrong, the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) does not only create inequity issues , it is a humiliating circumstance for perpetrating athletes in sports.
The modern day, competitive spirit, has caused an increasing amount of athletes to exploit performance enhancing drugs. Updated statistics, obtained by reliable online sources, display that an astonishing 69% of persons are against the legalization of PEDs in sports. These statistics have decreased recently from 84%, which nominates the legalization of drugs as a highly controversial sports debate. The ‘Taylor Hooton Foundation’ claims that the common argument among those in favour of allowing PED’s in sports in the notion that if everyone is doing it, then it is not an advantage. However, the conflicting arguments distinctly outweigh those in favour of PEDs in sports. These arguments include speculating the health of athletes, the inequity in sports, and it rcreates a dangerous example to young adolescents.
Steroids are a killer! This statement needs to be taken literally as demonstrated by the following anecdotes. Football legend Lyle Alzado died at the age of 42 from a brain disease that he admitted was caused by his steroid use. The all-star former American baseball fielder, Barry Bonds, died at the early age of 49 due to his exploitation of steroids. If the drugs do not kill an individual, then other severe side-effects are produced; for example, infertility, malfunctions of the kidneys or heart, liver diseases, hypertension, stunted bone growth in adolescents, and many more.