According to Nancy Cullen, a sports psychology consultant for the University, temptation to use steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs simply comes down to the rigors and pressure of elite competition and the desire to win. There are a few temptations that causes the athletes to dope, they are: (1) Athletes dope when the drug test system is easy to avoid detection, (2) when there are a lot of competitors taking part in the event, (3) when there is an enormous amount of prizes and (4) when the drug has not much effect on the athlete’s bodies.
- When drug system is easy to avoid, athletes have a tendency to dope as they will think they even if they dope, there would still be a very high percentage that they get away with it and win those marvellous prizes and huge sums of money.
- Furthermore, when there are many competitors taking part in an event, athletes also tend to dope as many doping tests would be conducted and in order to save time, authorities would usually do a haphazard job of it. This encourages the athletes to dope too.
- This reason can be quite obvious. The number and quality of prizes such as an expensive Rolls Royce for example would act as a great incentive for athletes to dope. They think they it is very worth it to risk their lives for such a huge amount of money.
- When drugs have no effect on the athletes, athletes do not need to worry about the health effects that it may have on their bodies. This will also encourage them to dope as they have nothing to lose or get hurt by doping and if they are lucky, they may even win themselves some good prizes to bring back home.