Cheating in Sports

by amanda proietti on October 11, 2012 - 1:03pm

                In a recent news story, Michael Barry, a Canadian cyclist, admitted on national television to using performance enhancing drugs.  Barry says that he caved into peer pressure from his teammates, particularly from seven time Tour De France champion, Lance Armstrong. He confessed that at the time, doping was accepted by his team and due to the immense pressure, he cracked.  While training for competitions, he pushed himself to his limits physically and believed that resorting to performance enhancing drugs was his last resort.  Barry regrets what he’s done in the past and has been clean since 2006.

            It is immoral to cheat to have an advantage over others in a competition.  Since Barry used performance enhancing drugs, he was increasing his chances of winning over the contestants who hadn’t taken anything.  Those other contestants followed the rules as they were meant to be followed, while Barry completely disregarded them.  The cyclists trained extremely hard so that they could do well in the competition, while Armstrong, Barry and their team had also trained hard, but they had that extra advantage over the others.  It is unfair to the other contestants who truly respected the rules and to Barry’s fans that had faith in him.  It’s sad how people today are willing to cheat in order to do better than others. 

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