Ep.34 Why are Drugs in Sport banned? Part 2
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In Part 1 we discussed the main arguments as to why we should ban drugs in sports - it is worth noting that the World Anti-Doping Agency has 3 criterion for placing a drug on the prohibited list
1) the drug will negatively impact athletes health
2) the drug is performance enhancing
3) the drug goes against the "spirit of sport"

In Part 2 I read a paper entitled "A Moral Foundation for Anti-Doping: How Far Have We Progressed? Where Are the Limits?" by Thomas Murray. In this paper Murray further dissects the above three points (and particularly the idea of the "spirit of sport"). He believes that the spirit of sport (defined as "the pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each person's natural talents") is much what draws people to watch sport. He believes the essential question for the future of sport is what values of meanings do we seek in and through sport - because if it is the above definition then drugs certainty should never be allowed.

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