The practice of doping in sports is not only unfair tot h other contestants but also immoral and unethical. These doping agents and substances often used have side effects which require that other drugs are taken to correct these effects. It is for this reason that doping agents pose a very formidable threat to the dopers’ health and their general well-being of the dopers. It has been establishes that the dopers dope for a myriad of reasons ranging from physiological to psychological reasons such as low self image. Such motivations besides the need to win may be so strong to an extent that an athlete becomes a habitual abuser of the doping agents thus putting his/her health at risk. It was realized that the test for doping is not all time reliable and is faced with a myriad of technical challenges which need the intervention of strong policies so as to help improve the practice of testing for doping. The substances that can be used to dope are discovered every day and this calls for vigilance of the medical commission of the International Olympic Committee to ensure that these substances are included in the list of outlawed doping substances almost immediately they are discovered. ...
The modern Olympic Games were founded by one Pierre de Coubertin and he was apt to add that these games should be protected from all possible threats that can face the games as an organization or institution. He made this appeal in his 1923 speech delivered in Rome. Within the same speech, he condemned the seemingly political intrusion and the increasingly venal attitude towards sporting championship. Seemingly, he had all figured out. He precisely knew that the venal attitude towards winning excluded the true spirit of sportsmanship and introduced a possibility of cheating, more especially through doping. Indeed, his speech was an act of prophesy because decades after, the sporting activity is saturated with incidences of doping (Burns, 2005). The most hit sporting activity has been the Tour de France cycling competition which drew the full attention of the media to the doping issue (Hoberman, 2007) an issue that had otherwise been covert prior to this.
If one ever thinks that doping is a threat to the sporting activity alone then he/she is ultimately mistaken. Based on the sophistication and scope of doping, it poses a threat to more than the world of sport. Initially, doping was considered as a cheating problem but now it has reached proportions that are subject to societal concern. Indeed, as the stakes involved in the sporting activity keep on increasing, the practice continues to be widespread and consequently, the moral values of the sporting activity become questionable and the general health of the sportsmen continue to be under threat and great risk. This paper seeks to assess the issue of doping in sports and how the issue is soon running out of hand and hence the possible remedial