Money-killing sport?

The latest news in the United Kingdom was about two Imperial Knights. Death was announced by Sir Roger Bannister, the athlete who started the first four minutes in 1954 in Oxford, and later rode for medical drugs. Bannister competed in the amateur era and claimed that they did not profit from the sport. On the other hand, Sir Bradley Wiggins played in the modern era, in which all elite sports are a profitable and rich reward. The news was because a parliamentary committee found that although it did not do anything illegal, it does ethically act to handle the prescribed medication, not to get sick but to improve its performance in the Tour de France race in 2012. This recent series of stories of drug abuse in professional sports has raised the question of whether sport continues to be in the traditional sense and whether ethical behavior can survive in the era of large companies.

The international cycling competition has gained bad reputation for drug abuse when an earlier seven-time winner of Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, suffered any result that was abused in 2012 for misuse. The United States Anti-Doping Agency has laid it "the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping program that sports have ever seen". The Sky cycling team, which was a member of Wiggins, started claiming to be the champion of pure sport. They have now been shown to behave in a technically legitimate but unethical way that can be considered as a major part of modern business.

FIFA has also decided that the trends in modern sports are another interesting reflection on the use of television surveillance equipment in football matches to support judges' decisions. There are different systems in cricket and rugby, where viewers choose a large TV screen. However, replaying actions does not appear in this way in football matches on the grounds that fans refuse to accept marginal decisions against their team. This is certainly a serious judgment of the sport by its own ruling body and shows how deeply sportiness and ethics have sunk in this most common sport of sports.

From the lessons learned from these, it seems that the authorities continue to struggle in sports as well as in business, but moral behavior can be limited and pure sportsmanship is expected only in the amateur arena.