Having been involved in the sports nutrition industry for the last few years, I have seen first hand the wide spread use of performance enhancing drugs by people at all levels of fitness.Young men in particular are very keen to try out anabolic steroids and diuretics. I've seen them being used by regular gym users, not so regular gym users, body builders and top athletes. I've also come across indivduals involved in martial arts who would be also using them, and some within the field of Taekwon-Do. NOTE: a member of another group.
Steroid use and performance enhancing drugs are extremely bad for your internal organs. I attended a body building show last March to see two of the athletes being taken away by ambulance after severe dyhydration from illegal diuretic abuse.
Apart from that, steroid use is cheating. Not only are you cheating against others, but you are cheating yourself and ruining the image of Taekwon-Do if you choose to use them.
Athletes at our tournaments live and sleep the training involved in the art. They are not lazy folk, they rise to the challenge naturally and train their body's to a degree of natural athleticism. They are to be applauded for that.
Those that decide to use illegal drugs to make themselves stronger and faster are to be pittied really. They have no place in our art.
Therefore, I think it's high time the ITF rose to the challenge of illegal drug use in sport and introduced dope testing at our international tournaments.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars - Oscar Wilde