Last updated on: 4/15/2024 | Author: ProCon.org

Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Technologies Be Allowed in Sports?

Sports “ain’t never been clean,” says Charles Yesalis, former Pennsylvania State University professor and long-time performance-enhancing drug researcher. And by “never,” Yesalis means never. Research suggests that the first Olympians were openly doping and athletes have been openly or covertly doping ever since, even in the face of steep penalties. For more on sports and drugs, explore the ProCon debate.

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Joe Biden:

Editors’ Note: The Biden Administration announced on Apr 19, 2023, that the United States had been elected to the Presidency of the American Sports Council and will serve on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee. Additionally, “This week [Mar. 15, 2024], White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Dr. Rahul Gupta traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to promote clean and fair sports competition, including in the upcoming Paris Olympics.” Dr. Gupta states, “Working together, we will continue to protect international athletic competition from doping, and ensure every athlete has a fair competition and a fair shot at winning.”

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White House, “In a Pre-Olympics Effort to Combat Doping in Sports, White House Drug Policy Director Travels to Switzerland for WADA Executive Committee Meeting and Annual Symposium,” whitehouse.gov, Mar. 15, 2024
White House, “United States Elected to the Presidency of the American Sports Council, Will Serve on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee,” whitehouse.gov, Apr. 19, 2023

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Donald Trump:

Editors’ Note: On Dec. 4, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, “which gives United States officials the power to prosecute individuals for doping schemes at international sports competitions involving American athletes, has been signed into law.”

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Ali Iveson, “Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act Signed into Law by US President,” insidethegames.biz, Dec. 4, 2020

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr:

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