Steroids_in_Sports by marcusjames

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									Title:
Steroids in Sports

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580

Summary:
The practice of using herbs and foods for improving performance was
prevalent in the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The story of
modern steroids in sports is believed to have begun in 1950s; however
some unofficial sources say that Germany´s Olympic team had used oral
testosterone preparations in Berlin Olympics in 1936.


Keywords:
steroids in sports


Article Body:
The practice of using herbs and foods for improving performance was
prevalent in the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The story of
modern steroids in sports is believed to have begun in 1950s; however
some unofficial sources say that Germany´s Olympic team had used oral
testosterone preparations in Berlin Olympics in 1936. The first ever
evident use of steroids in sports is known to be in the World
Weightlifting Championship in 1954.

Making their debut in Helsinki Olympic in 1952, Soviets easily dominated
in all major weight events in 1954. According to the sources, John
Ziegler, team physician for the United States asked the Soviet team’s
doctor, the reason of Soviets powerful performance, after the medals were
given out, and the soviet doctor replied that his team was getting
testosterone shots.

It’s said that when Dr.Ziegler returned from the World Weightlifting
Championship, he started his research on testosterone, and consequently
developed "Methandrostenolone" or Dianabol with the help of Ciba
pharmaceutical company. It’s believed to be one of the first anabolic
steroids in sports history; it wasn’t simply testosterone.

The East Germans are believed to have started using steroids in sports to
win Olympic Gold Medals in the late 1960s. The East Germany´s Chief
Medical Officer submitted a report to the government recommending the
administration of steroids to the entire East German athletes in 1968.
This made the East Germans making mark in all major sports events.

Soon, Dianabol became one of the most sought after steroids in sports. It
became indispensable part of athletes’ dietary intake. It was often used
by bodybuilders, weightlifters, football players, and Olympic athletes.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is believed to have won his first of seven Mr.
Olympia titles with the help of Dr. Zeigler´s little blue Dianabol pills.

Since then, there have come up a number of steroids in sports usage. The
anabolic steroids are one of the most powerful steroids in sports; they
help rapid increase in strength and powerful. The International Amateur
Athletic Federation, now the International Association of Athletics
Federations, became the first international governing body to ban
steroids in sports history. In 1966-67 FIFA, Union Cycliste
Internationale (cycling), and International Olympic Committee banned the
steroid in sports.

Anabolic Steroids were widely used in sports in 1980’s- 90s. The Canadian
sprinter Ben Johnson's victory in the 100 m at the 1988 Summer Olympics
is one of the most famous instances of steroids in sports. Ben Johnson
was stripped off his gold title when “stanozolol” (anabolic steroid) was
found in his urine, and Carl Lewis was promoted to the gold title. Later,
Ben Johnson admitted that he had been using Dianabol, Cypionate,
Furazabol, and human growth hormone.

The immense use of steroids in sports led to the creation of the World
Anti-Doping Agency in 1999. The agency was created to curb the use of
steroids in sports. The use of Steroids in sports in any form has been
banned by many sports associations, such as National Football League
(NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), national Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA), FIFA, ICC, and the Olympics. The International
Olympics Committee has incorporated 17 steroids and related compounds in
its banned list.

Yet, there are several agencies, such as Major League Baseball (MLB) that
still haven’t strict policies against steroids. There’s still vast use of
steroids in sports at lower levels. According to a survey, 2.7% sports
persons form US high schools use steroids in sports. Steroids are widely
used by noncompetitive bodybuilders and non-athletes for cosmetic
reasons.

								
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