As a serious amateur cyclist, I follow closely all of the news about blood doping in sport. Blood doping, or any other drug-based technique to enhance performance, violates the rules.
Athletes who dope shatter a cardinal principle in sport—the expectation that all athletes come to the playing field as equals, prepared to compete based on their strength, their speed, and their agility. The athlete is trusted to participate fairly , and those who cheer the sport trust the athletes to compete fairly.
Of course, athletes try to gain every possible advantage before taking the field. But some innovations or strategies violate our sense of fair play and we make rules that prohibit the behavior. Speedsuits in the swimming pool, pine … Read More