Why cheat and hurt yourself? Using performance enhancing drugs represents a danger for the human body by not respecting its natural rhythm and by provoking harmful changes in the system. Ranging from cardiac troubles to dangerous physique and mental consequences, doping does not have its place in sports.
Each of us has our own motivation to practice a sport: feeling good, maintaining a beneficial health, regain control of our physical condition, surmount a challenge…
Numerous people that do sports also speak about “surpassing our-self” whatever the age. George Foreman, when interviewed for my book “The Future of Boxing”, candidly said with humor that age 40 was not a death sentence!!!
But, and this is not new, all types and level of competition faces an important threat. Especially affecting the youth that practices sports, and that threat is: doping.
The damageable risks for the health of the athletes are the subjects of thorough researches in many countries, including Canada. Various organisms such as “Canadian Centre for ethics in sports” and “Armand-Frappier Institute” deploy many efforts to better document this problem that has harmful impact on the athletes such as: incapacity, renal failure, addiction, cardiac accidents…
For its part, the Ministère of Youth, Leisure and Sport has put together an awareness and prevention program geared towards youth, in order to prioritize quality and ethical training in the practice of all sports.
I applaud Alex Choko for stepping into the ring to fight performance-enhancing drugs in boxing. He has been fighting for the welfare of sport for as long as I’ve known him.