This Week's Debate: Performance - Enhancing Drugs
The buzz about performance-enhancing drugs is back in anticipation of the March 27 release of Game of Shadows, a book detailing alleged steroid use by baseball superstar Barry Bonds. The issue is of such great concern that Congress held hearings about it last year, and given the allegations in this book, might take up the issue again soon.
Some of the testimony given to members of Congress last March was less than encouraging. Jose Canseco testified that steroids were perfectly acceptable in baseball throughout the 1980s and early '90s. Mark McGwire repeatedly refused to talk about "the past," saying "my lawyers have advised me that I cannot answer these questions without jeopardizing my friends, my family and myself." Rafael Palmeiro denied having ever used steroids, only to test positive six weeks later -- leading Congress to investigate his testimony. Palmeiro served a short suspension for the offense in August.
This week's Debate will focus on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in sports. The next post will feature just the facts -- all the information we'll need to have a good understanding of what these drugs are and how they affect athletes.
Over the coming days, we'll debate the effect of performance-enhancing drugs on the sports in which they're used, as well as the pressure this puts on athletes who play by the rules. We'll look at what this kind of drug use means to the fans -- can a steroid user be a good role model? We may attempt to determine why performance-enhancing drugs are more common in some sports than in others. At the end of the week, we will consider the penalties and punishments for athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Debaters, I'd love to know what other aspects of this issue you'd like to address this week.
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