Ethics always progresses with technology, but doping in sports could be a different story
As the term “ethics” is defined as “moral principles” (Oxford dictionary), it should perpetually move onward with the development of society. However, in regard to doping, it doesn’t necessarily come across as a pure argument of technology and ethics. That is because the core issue seems to lie in the immutable reasons for doping; pure (in a way) ambition of winning, or possible greed, as the sports industry could also bring an enormous impact on an athletes personal economic state.
Nevertheless, there is concern beyond the point of fairness in sport.
For example, there have been cases of athletes being illegally doped by coaches, without the athletes’ consent or even acknowledgement. The recent exposures of the systematic doping in China and Russia have led to the suspicion of corruption in both domestic and international anti-doping associations. This prompts concern over loosing impartiality regarding the “ethics of sport”, of which fundamental ideas are thought to be perdurable and shared internationally.
On the other hand, there was a time when East Germany shocked the world for having cultivated super humans by doping them from an early age. In this case, the argument focuses even more on the humanity of the situation, which would probably reinforce the ethical aspect of it. Nevertheless, morals can vary in different societies and could depend on the improvement of ethics in the society in question.
Either way the diversity of “morals” is likely to be the key element to try integrate moving forward in the ethics of sport, so that cheating is unattractive method of success.
Therefore, the consideration needs to start from speculating on the necessity of adjusting the broader concept of “ethics”, and the possibilities and righteousness of stepping into other cultures and societies.
As much as the development of doping technique takes time, it would be a moderate change for the world to come to a recognition/agreement in the rise of the problem. And by the time this happens, there will be a whole new technique to catch up with.
Although as a short-term approach, there is no reason to stop tackling the doping problem with current ethical standards, or trying to pull up discipline in the industry.