Here is an illustration of how to write an essay. The three major parts (introduction, body, and conclusion) are captured.

The argument is on "why doping should be banned in sports"


Put in a simple way, doping is a term that refers to the utilization of banned drugs and substances by athletes to enhance their performance in sports competitions. This term has been adopted by world organizations that control sports competitions, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee (IOC), and The Federation International de Football Association (FIFA). Some of the common drugs used in doping include; Anabolic steroids, Erythropoietin (EPO), and Human Growth hormones (Macedo 25).  

Doping is a serious concern in sports competitions and has brought about an unending debate about whether doping in sports should be banned or not. The debate has elicited mixed reactions among experts and stakeholders in the sports arena, and the reactions emanating from this debate have taken a dichotomous approach. Some experts and stakeholders argue that doping should be allowed, while others are for the banning of doping in sports. This post presents an argument in support of banning doping in sports competitions [here is the thesis statement]. It will discuss reasons why doping should be banned.

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Body [you will see that each paragraph presents a new point]

  • Banning doping is promoting sportsmanship 

The sportsmanship ethos states that, for a sport to be enjoyable, the fundamental values of sports must be upheld. These values should be a “good loser”, a loser who loses fairly to his or her worthy competitor (Negro et al. 38). Doping is simply cheating and is morally wrong because it goes against the basic fundamental values on which sportsmanship is anchored. Those who cheat in sports fail to honor the honesty virtue of sportsmanship. Doping as well gives those who engage in it an unfair competitive advantage over their competitors. Morally, this is against the fairness that makes up the value of sportsmanship. Those involved in doping in a sporting event make that aspect of fellowship among sportsmanship to be meaningless. The sporting event fails to be enjoyable for the competitors and the spectators. For example, during the 2017 world championships, the 100 m gold medalist, was booed and jeered as he was receiving his award. This is because he had been involved in doping incidents twice. This incident alone shows how doping can ruin enjoyable moments during a sporting event. In any sport competition, there should be a “good winner”, a winner who wins through respect, fairness, honesty, and a sense of fellowship on the grounds of fairness.  

  • The legalization of doping will shift the focus during sporting events 

During a sporting event, the main focus is on the participants. The spectators want to gauge every competitor’s natural ability to compete. This is what makes the sporting event worth watching. Sports were created on moral grounds. Therefore, the usage of ability-enhancement drugs in sports it will make the sporting competitions medical rather moral. This then will make fans shift focus from the natural ability of sportsmen and sportswomen to the manufacturers of these drugs and substances. The competition will no longer be among the athletes, but on the skillfulness of drug and substance manufacturers. In this way, the sporting events will be subordinated to the manufacturers and spectators will serve as assessors of manufacturers with the purpose to discover the one with the strongest drug, rather than supporting the athlete whose ability is higher or lower than the other. Those who push for the legalization of doping say that doping is the leveling of the playing field. Unfortunately, this argument contradicts the basis on which sporting events were invented.

  • Banning doping in sports protects the integrity of sports and athletes

 If allowed, then the athletes would have been left at the mercy of the drug manufacturers. Our athletes would be used as mere specimens for testing the strength of drugs. There is a need to protect these athletes from the adverse effects of the drugs used in doping. These drugs have both health and social side effects that are severe. The health side effects of doping include the development of amplified aggression and mood swings, high blood pressure, and increased risk of cardiovascular and liver diseases, among other effects. The social side effects include negative effects on the emotional and psychological well-being of the athletes, damage to future careers if caught, athletes can be stripped of previous achievements, and loss of endorsements (Foddy, & Savulescu 41). The effects of doping cut across all spheres in the lives of athletes. Athletes are hungry for success, fame, and riches. Therefore, they can do anything to be on top of the game. This makes them susceptible to these drug and substance manufacturers. The only way to protect them and the integrity of sports is by banning doping in sports.

Conclusion [notice the summary of key points]

In conclusion, the reasons discussed above are just among other numerous reasons why doping should be banned in sports. If not tackled with the seriousness it deserves, doping is on its way to destroying sports. There is a need for partnerships among all the sports stakeholders to curb this menace before its roots are entrenched too deep to uproot. More efforts need to be put into educating the athletes on the banned drugs and substances and their side effects before they tear themselves  apart. Everyone in society should uphold the integrity of sportsmanship.

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