Lenny Leonard wrote:
What is “cheating” is arbitrary and fluctuates throughout the history of the sport.
It used to be cheating to accept money for being an athlete.
Is doping a health risk? Maybe. But I also don’t see a ton of these guys dying well ahead of their time. If anything, these drugs and procedures seem to make them more healthy and fit, right? These are measures meant to improve performance, and we treat it like they are shooting heroin.
Remove all the “cheating” debate outside of something like obstructing another runner or cutting a course, and let the rest just happen. Every popular sport has this mentality. It’s the one that cling to these flippant morality rules that are unable to hold anyone’s interest.
"Is doping a health risk?" - Have a quick look at the risks listed for each PED:
"let the rest just happen" - Then you end up with a sport made up of a minority who are prepared to let it "just happen" while those not prepared to take the risks avoid it.