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Drugs in Sport Stuart Fox 4T I am certainly a great sporting enthusiast I love nothing more than to watch a great sporting encounter no matter which sport Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly common for sportsmen and women to use substances to aid their performance That is not to say all competitors use illegal substances however when competitors start to use illegal substances they ridicule the whole ethos of sport and competition I cannot see the point of people competing when they are using a substance which is bound to give themselves an unfair advantage over other competitors who are trying their level best to win fairly I cant see how it cannot be worse to run a race fairly than cheat and artificially enhance a performance by taking drugs In 1992 John Mcewick was one of the most promising shot putters in Britain he took the silver medal in the all Britain games and at just 22 years of age hopes were high for his future However just 6 years later he found himself totally isolated from the sport and unable to continue Why you may say Was it a great injury sustained Was it a financial problem he faced Did he lose interest in the sport None of these actually The only problem John Mcewick faced was a moral one Unfortunately John Mcewick believed that sport was something that tested the combination of natural ability training and determination and not the determination to do anything to win even if it meant abusing their own bodies What am I talking about well John Mcewick was encouraged by people in the sport including his trainer to take substances such as steroids to improve his performances and to keep up with the majority of shot putters When he refused to risk damaging his body with the possible effects of such illegal substances John Mcewick found himself in a terrible position He simply couldnt compete with other
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