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EnhanceTV :: Feature Articles :: Drugs in sport: the tip of the iceberg

Drugs in sport: the tip of the iceberg
Drugs in sport: the tip of the iceberg 
In 1995, U.S. physician Bob Goldman asked two questions of American Olympians or aspiring Olympians:

a) You are offered a banned performance-enhancing substance, with two guarantees:
1) You will not be caught;
2) You will win. Would you take the substance?

159 athletes said yes, three said no.

b) You are offered a banned performance-enhancing substance that comes with two guarantees:
1) You will not be caught;
2) You will win every competition you enter for the next five years and then you will die from the side effects of the substance. Would you take it?

More than half of the respondents said yes.

Goldman's survey only reiterated a fact that the public were already aware of: elite sport is rife with illegal doping by athletes who will go to extreme lengths in order to reach the pinnacle of their sport. However the figures still seemed alarming to many who were unaware of the prolific use of drugs by sportspeople, especially considering the relatively small number of elite athletes who had been caught for drug-related offences.
 

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