The unethicality of doping in sports

doi: 10.7417/CT.2019.2117

  • I. Palmi Centro Nazionale Dipendenze e Doping, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma
  • P. Berretta Centro Nazionale Dipendenze e Doping, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma
  • A. Tini Unit of Forensic Toxicology (UoFT), Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic and Orthopedic Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome
  • G. Ricci School of Law, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy
  • S. Marinelli School of Law, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy

Abstract

Performance enhancing drug use in sport arguably constitutes a crisis, and as such, targeted measures are needed in order to stem it. Substance abuse in professional sports and competitions has besmirched many world-class athletes’ reputations and standing, in addition to jeopardizing their health. Furthermore, there are many instances of amateur athletes and school-aged competitors who have taken to using such substances as well, significantly exacerbating the overall picture. The widespread acknowledgement of the potentially life-threatening consequences of performance-enhancing drug use has prodded sports organizations and governments into cooperating on many different levels to preserve the ethical grounding and soundness of sport competitions; unlawful substance abuse is in fact liable to undermine the very core of fairness in competition. Doping, along with various forms of cheating, has been recorded throughout the history of sport: prohibition in itself is all but ineffective without reliable and systematic detection strategies and enforcement of sanctions

Published
2019-04-16
How to Cite
PALMI, I. et al. The unethicality of doping in sports. La Clinica Terapeutica, [S.l.], v. 170, n. 2, p. e100 - e101, apr. 2019. ISSN 1972-6007. Available at: <http://www.clinicaterapeutica.it/ojs/index.php/ClinicaTerapeutica/article/view/378>. Date accessed: 19 apr. 2019.