Are current doping bans in sport justified?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Doping in sport is a long standing and heavily argued topic within the world of sports philosophy. A key area surrounding many of the arguments relating to doping in sports is the implementation of the current doping bans. Many sports philosophers currently rely on arguments such as doping causing harm to athletes health, that doping is unfair and a form of cheating, or that doping is contrary to the ideals of sports. In order to draw a conclusion on whether or not current doping bans can be justified this paper will look into the long-standing history associated with doping in sport and the ways in which the problems caused by doping has changed both testing of athletes and rules surrounding doping. The paper will then identify the problems which doping is creating in modern day sports by exploring the arguments relating to coercion of athletes and harm to the health of athletes. Although these arguments may help to a certain degree to justify the current doping bans, they are open to criticism and easily counter-argued, which will be briefly discussed. It will then be argue that in order to fully justify the ban on doping that both the ideals of sports and the internal goods of sport arguments need to be applied. The Second part of the paper will analyse and evaluate the ways in which moral evaluation in sport can be done by introducing formalism, conventionalism, subjectivism and interpretivism. From this the paper will conclude that the most effective way to make moral evaluation in sport will be from an interpretive position. This will then lead onto identifying the importance of the internal goods of sports and how they have been applied by using MacIntyre (1984) application of the internal goods of a practice. Gleaves (2010) will then be used along with other philosophers work in order to show the effect doping has on the ideals of sports and the internal goods in order to soundly justify the current doping bans. The thesis will then finally conclude that current doping bans can only be fully justified if the internal goods of sports arguments are applied when arguing them.
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