New Study Shows Why People May Be Tuning Out The Olympics

Arthur Caplan January 30, 2014 0

By Arthur Caplan & Lee Igel | January 29, 2014

With the onset of the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi close at hand, it is about time to revisit every sports fan’s favorite subject: performance enhancing drugs.

OK, OK, most people are probably sick of the subject by now. In fact, lots of experts and pundits, relying on exhaustion on the part of the public, argue that the war against PEDs is so unpopular that it is time to give up and let athletes dope to their heart’s content. But a brand new survey on attitudes about PEDs shows that worries about their use are chipping away at the credibility of the Games and other sports. Moreover, while the public may be tired of talking about them, a majority hates PEDs use.

The results from the public opinion survey of more than 2,000 adults in the United States conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Foundation for Global Sports Development make things very clear. The survey aimed to understand consumer perceptions of doping in sports, with an eye towards increasing awareness about its damaging effects. The results are in: doping isn’t making sports better for athletes, fans, or anyone else.

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