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Athletes Strive to be Bigger, Stronger & Faster

How far would you go to win a tennis match or bike race? If you knew your competitors were using steroids, would you as well? Does the end justify the means? With the 2008 Summer Olympic games behind

Athletes Strive to be Bigger, Stronger & Faster

Tom Fudge : Fair play. Good sportsmanship. They may sound like cliches but they are fundamental to the things we value in sports. As sports fans, we cling to the ideal of two competitors, or two teams, facing off in a contest where nothing is rigged and anyone can win. It all depends on skill, heart, and preparation.

In truth, cheating has been a part of sports since the beginning. And even performance-enhancing substances have always played a role. But modern bio-chemistry has brought the power and influence of performance-enhancing drugs to a new level. And there's no fool-proof way to test for them. At least, not yet.


The discussion about drugs in sports raises technical questions, administrative questions, and ethical questions.

The Ethics Center's forum: "Stronger, Higher, Faster: Do the Wins Justify the Means" is Wednesday, September 3, 2008, from 5:30-7pm, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The event is free and open to the public.