In competitive sports, doping refers to the use of banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs by athletic competitors, where the term doping is widely used by organizations that regulate sporting competitions.
Sport or sports are all usually forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.
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The use of banned drugs to enhance performance is considered unethical, and therefore prohibited, by most international sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee.
The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the worldwide Olympic movement.
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Furthermore, athletes taking explicit measures to evade detection exacerbates the ethical violation with overt deception and cheating.
Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ruse, or subterfuge is the act of propagating beliefs in things that are not true, or not the whole truth.
Cheating is the receiving of a reward for ability or finding an easy way out of an unpleasant situation by dishonest means.
Historically speaking, the origins of doping in sports go back to the very creation of sport itself.
From ancient usage of substances in chariot racing to more recent controversies in baseball and cycling, popular views among athletes have varied widely from country to country over the years.
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.
Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport.
Chariot racing was one of the most popular ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine sports.
The general trend among authorities and sporting organizations over the past several decades has been to strictly regulate the use of drugs in sport.
The reasons for the ban are mainly the health risks of performance-enhancing drugs, the equality of opportunity for athletes, and the exemplary effect of drug-free sport for the public.
Anti-doping authorities state that using performance-enhancing drugs goes against the "spirit of sport".