The Summer Olympics set the stage for the world's most elite athletes every four years. It seems like every time the Olympics roll around there is more and more talk about performance-enhancing drugs. As an increasing number of world records become broken, accusations about drug abuse become more prevalent. There have been numerous drug scandals in which high-profile Olympians test positive from using these drugs. Ethical Issues surrounding performance-enhancing drugs are growing because science and technology has progressed so far that many athletes are able to cheat and get through testing procedures. The following web sites give examples of recent Olympic cases including drug abuse and also address ethical principles.
SILENT EPIDEMIC http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/news/drugs7_9_96.html
This site discusses the increasing use of performance enhancing drugs. It reveals how some drug screenings are often too narrow to catch most drugs or can't keep up with the innovations in performance-enhancing drugs. In addition many athletes misuse legal drugs in excess, which can provide short term competitive benefits.
DRUG HEARING FOR GYMNAST http://www.olympics.smh.com.au/news/2000/09/25/FFXOB74EJDC.html
This site is about Andreea Raducan, a Romanian gymnast who tested positive to a drug test from using a prescribed drug to treat a cold.
DOPING REPORT http://www.theage.com.au/news/20000910/A5221-20005ep9.html
This article addresses a report released by the White House stating that up to 80% of athletes in some olympic sports are using performance enhancing drugs.
THE DRUG GAMES http://www.activedayton.com/partners/ddn/nie/ole/lessons/20001002.html
This site reflects upon the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the prevalence of drug abuse there. Forty-one would-be Olympians were caught cheating before they ever reached Sydney. Nine were thrown out after they got there. Eight were stripped of medals.
THE OLYMPIC CHARTER http://www.olympic.org/ioc/e/facts/charter/charter_movement/e.html
This site is about the IOC and it's functions. It shows that the IOC "leads the fight against doping in sport and participation in the international fight against drugs"
THIS IS YOUR ATHLETE ON DRUGS http://multihome.www.desert.net/ww/09-14-98/austin_xtra_feature2.html
This site is a commentary by Robert Bryce who believes that we should "level the playing field" and "rather than banning drugs, let's ban the tests." It is an interesting argument for the dismissal of drug tests and gives examples of numerous positive tests.
TOP ATHLETES SKEPTICAL OF DRUG TESTS http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/athletics/news/1999/08/19/stars_drugs/
This site gives examples of several of the world's top Olympians (Maurice Greene, Marion Jones, Dennis Mitchell) who don't trust the current drug testing methods which have lead to a series of recent high-profile cases. They believe the current urinalysis method is faulty, and Maurice Green even calls for blood testing.
MEDIA AWARENESS PROJECT http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n1041.a09.html
This site addresses drug-free athletes views that the current system of drug testing seems to root out honest athletes who mistakenly ingest banned substances, rather than catching drug users who are skilled in the art of beating tests. It gives examples of ways to cheat the system (masking the drug, taking injections before the drug test, injecting clean urine into the bladder). It also states that some substance are undetectable, including EPO and GH which are highly performance enhancing.