Letters Banning drugs in sport

Drug control in sport is about protecting athletes from exploitation

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4143 (Published 19 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4143
  1. Joe Symonds, ST2 paediatrics1
  1. 1Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ, UK
  1. josephsymonds{at}nhs.net

Shuster’s argument that banning athletes who take drugs is unjustifiable would have strength if the reason for banning drugs were to ensure fairness of competition, but it is not.1 The principle behind drug control is to prevent athletes from compromising their health for the sake of their sport.

The fact that there is little evidence for the performance …

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