ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fear of Regulation

Despite the painstaking work of the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) over the years, the 2004 Olympics is likely to see a battle, albeit sophisticated, between those who try to tilt the competition unfairly by the use of drugs and the Olympic system to check such abuse. But on the edges of public consciousness is the teasing issue: if competitive sports is all about the triumph of excellence, then why should not that excellence be achieved by any means? Other than factors such as shortand long-term adverse use of such aids, which after all with increasing sophistication in biotechnology may be addressed satisfactorily, are there more fundamental, ethical or philosophical reasons why such methods of enhancing excellence be discouraged and banned?

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