WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?
It is true that doping can help athletes to build strength and muscle, reduce tiredness or cover pain, but it has bad side effects too.
Some drugs can lead to obvious changes in appearance. For example, steroid use can cause acne, particularly on the back. In boys it can shrink testicles, cause impotence and baldness, and girls can develop a deeper voice and facial hair. There can be even more serious side effects. Doping can cause heart, liver and kidney problems and has even killed some athletes.
Doping in sport is also cheating. It destroys fair play and sporting competition. There is much more to sport than just winning and, for sport to survive as a positive, worthwhile activity, honesty, cooperation and courage are essential.
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