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Wang Yikai

[i]This is equally true of proper nutrition, exercise, training... Anything that increases the performance of one competitor, by definition relatively decreases the utility of other competitors. [/i]

No, doping is not the same as nutrition etc.
I concede that both doping and nutrtion have externality, however, the former is different from the latter in its benefits.

Some activity that has externality must be decided by all who are infludenced by the activity.
While nutrition reduces the utility of the competitors, considering all athelete it is a positive activity.
On the contrary, while doping reduces others' benefit, it benefits the user less than its harm. Even assuming doping has no detrimental impact on health, it is still a zero-sum game.

To conclude, externality and the whole benefit indicate that doping must be banned.

If just because of it does harm to the health in the longrun, why playing game while being injured, which does harm to the athlete in the long run is not banned and can be decided by the athlete himself? That is because this activity has no external effect.
Second, if there is a new doping which does not harm the health, should it be permitted? No. Because using this doping is at most a zero-sum game.

Brett Bellmore

"Even assuming doping has no detrimental impact on health, it is still a zero-sum game."

Ok, ok, I get it: That "doping" is harmful isn't a conclusion, it's a premise. It's true no matter what the brute facts might happen to be.

Nevermind, then.

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