Originally Posted by bully4me
You are JOKING RIGHT ?? Because, what you are basically saying is that if a person does not have a NATURAL ability to compete in a sport and there is a way to FIX that then why not... Well because that IS the definition of CHEATING ! I'm sorry but if your body does not allow you to get to the point of competition because of whatever reason then you do not compete just like all the other people in the world that may not have such physical gifts. ...
I hope you realize you are making up a definition though.
It is not generally considered cheating to accept medical science that helps you get to NORMAL and then to compete. A few years back an Achilles tendon rupture would be a career ender for any athlete. A person cannot NATURALLY fix that but medical science can return him to normal which then allows him to compete.
this is where you reply that a hormone replacement therapy =/= an injury and you are right. None of the various things medical science can do to repair various injuries or malfunctions are the same. But the underlying premise IS the same.
The underlying premise is that as long as the medical science is only returning the person to a NORMAL state then the person should be allowed to compete as they are not gaining any advantage over others who are naturally performing at that same level.
Now you can say you disagree with that and that medical science should not be allowed to help people return to a normal state, period. Or you can say for certain injuries or conditions you are OK with medical science helping and in others you are not. And all of that is ok. But you also have to then recognize that not everyone will share your opinion and that is all it is an OPINION.
I for one do not think anyone who has been caught abusing steroids in the past should be allowed to compete on TRT after. But I have no issue with a person born to a certain condition, and who uses TRT to be normal, competing. But that is just my opinion and I am ok with others disagreeing.