Anti Doping Agency ( Usada )

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Over the past century many athletes have been suspended from sports, titles and medals taken away, and received penalties for having tested positive for one of the banned substances (Timothy Herman 6). A major story that came about in 2013 was Lance Armstrong admitting to the use to performance enhancing drugs. An interview which aired on January 17th 2013 with Oprah Winfrey was the first time Lance admitted to the use of performance enhancing drugs (6). Lance admitted to the use of the following banned substances; EPO, testosterone, cortisone, HGH and illegal blood transfusions (6). In October 2012 the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization and the national anti-doping organization for the United States (USADA), released more than 1,000 pages of evidence in doping allegations against both Armstrong and his teammates (Greg Beaubien 7). After the evidence was revealed Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, and was to give back the bronze medal he won in 2000 (9). Cycling is a very common sport to find athletes using performance enhancing drugs. For example, eighty percent of the Tour de France medalists between 1996 and 2010 have been stripped of their title after failing a drug test or later finding out they were using banned substances, according to the USADA report on Armstrong (Timothy Herman 6). Armstrong didn’t just use one drug to enhance his performance he used multiple drugs (6). When tested Lance was found to have been blood doping (EPO), using corticosteroids and testosterone. All these drugs are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which is a foundation created through a collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (Dictionary). EPO... ... middle of paper ... ...quences to be greater. Performance enhancement drugs are always going to be around, but if we don’t get a control on it now, the effect it could have years down the road could be much larger than it is today (Jonathan Finnoff 293). People are only getting smarter and with that the drugs are going to become more effective and stronger than ever before (294). Both professional and non-professional athletes are turning towards PED’s as a way for them to perform better. This act isn’t only wrong, ultimately it is classified as cheating in which can have a major effect on human bodies during times of performance and also in the future. The future of sports is only going to continue to grow and athletes are going to become better, but let it happen naturally and not because you have popped or injected an illegal substance, in which is banned by he World Anti-Doping Agency.
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