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Coe blasts softer illicit drugs push

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Sebastian Coe has lambasted a push by UK Anti-Doping to be more sympathetic to athletes who use illicit drugs than those found guilty of taking performance-enhancing substances.

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Nike terminates contract with Armstrong (VIDEO)

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The biggest supporter of cyclist Lance Armstrong has left his side.

 

The world's largest shoe and apparel company, Nike, announced Wednesday that it has terminated its endorsement deal with Armstrong.

 

"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him," the company said in a statement. "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."

 

Nike's announcement came on the same day that Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his cancer-fighting foundation Livestrong so that the organization can focus on its mission instead of doping allegations against its founder.

 

It is believed that Armstrong is now the second athlete who has been terminated by Nike. Nike terminated its contract with quarterback Michael Vick in 2007 following his plea agreement on dogfighting charges, but the company re-signed him in 2011. Endorsement contracts typically have morals clauses that allow companies to sever their deals with cause...

 

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Results: The Effect of Performance Enhancing Drug Use in Sports on American Society

Results: The Effect of Performance Enhancing Drug Use in Sports on American Society | Should PED's be allowed in pro sports? | Scoop.it

"Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have been used by athletes for decades. The first appearance of anabolic steroids was in the 1954 Olympics by the Russian weightlifting team. Once the Americans found out about this, they started putting their athletes on steroids and the rivalry was born. The east Germans were famous, or infamous, for their rigorous doping program lasting from 1968 to 1976. In that eight-year span, they dominated in the women’s sports and demonstrated the significant effectiveness of doping. This is thought to be what started the widespread use of doping in sports." http://bit.ly/1doazRa


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Anthony J. Cameron's curator insight, September 12, 2014 2:00 PM

Performance enhancing drugs has crippled the sports society in the past few years. Usually when a record is broken, many spectators question if that athlete took PEDs. It is sad to see that every record broken has to be a questionable debate.

Reginald Quince's curator insight, November 1, 2015 10:53 AM

PEDs have become almost the norm in the sports arena.  The allure of being the best is something quite of few have accepted the risk of being caught and losing it all to reach that stature. 

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Clean syringe programs must also cater for steroid users (Aus)

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The use of performance- and image-enhancing drugs such as steroids is on the rise in Australia, with more users accessing sterile injecting equipment from needle and syringe programs (NSPs).

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 18, 2013 12:53 AM

Highlighting the need for a broad ranging approach to harm reduction, catering to a variety of risky behaviours.

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Zocalo: Could We Have Kept A-Rod Off Drugs?

Zocalo: Could We Have Kept A-Rod Off Drugs? | Should PED's be allowed in pro sports? | Scoop.it

For decades, major league baseball players have been doing drugs of various sorts to improve their performance: amphetamines that got players amped up for games and through the long season in the 1970s and 1980s, anabolic steroids that bulked up home-run sluggers to set new records in the 1990s and early 2000s, and today’s performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)—which come in cream, pill, and lozenge form, and promise to keep athletes a step ahead of the competition (and the drug testers).

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DANIEL RASCHER: Take away individual players’ incentives

Research shows that PED use positively impacts attendance at Major League Baseball games because of the higher offensive output. But if we assume that fans do not want a continuation of or enhanced PED use in baseball, a number of strategies could be taken that involve changing the economic incentives the players face.


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Ciara Doherty's curator insight, December 10, 2014 12:13 PM

They are saying they believe they could have got A-Rod to stop using PED's. This could be useful in my thesis because it has information on how they could stop someone from using PED's.

Joe Kasper's comment, June 21, 2015 10:04 PM
I don't condone the use of steroids in baseball. It's a shame that some of the greatest players of all time were cheaters.
A. Sitar's comment, June 25, 2015 9:25 PM
I agree. Unfortunately, this seems to be an issue in other sports as well. I am not sure you can ever "keep" anyone off any drug. They have to want to not do it, and I think there is far too much pressure out there to be the best.