Should athletes have to stand for the National Anthem?

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Before i answer this question, National Anthem is a mark of respect that represent any person’s country. It’s our duty to show respect to the armed forces which work continuously day in and out to protect the countries from any harm. As a result, my answer is yes, They should stand for national Anthem only if they truly believe in their country. Few month ago, an incident occurred by Colin Kaepernick, Since athletes represent the country globally, not standing for the national anthem portrays lack of respect for the country by such representatives. Kaepernick kneeled while the national anthem is performed in front of thousands of people,  and that was his right though, but the question is, was he trying to attract attention to himself? Or was he trying to protest but in a different way? A lot of questions have been circling this matter. However a lot of people said that Colin Kaepernick has every right to his manner of protest, but opinions were different on the media. Some quotes that 1) “While I respect his right to protest, he has to respect my right to feel what he is doing is inappropriate. And another person said ” 2) “Kaepernick should be punished by the San Francisco 49ers or the NFL.”

In Conclusion,  one cannot impose anything on anyone, but the respect for the country comes from within and the athletes who are representing the country globally and making use of the country’s sports fund to increase their skills do not look good while not standing up to the national anthem. If they can play for the country, then they can stand for the anthem as well.

References :-

Should Athletes Who Don’t Stand for the Anthem Be Punished? (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2017, from https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/24028-should-athletes-who-don-t-stand-for-the-anthem-be-punished

Refusing to Stand for the National Anthem: Top 3 Pros and Cons. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2017, from http://www.procon.org/headline.php?headlineID=005323

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is the NCAA drug policy (includes banned substances, testing, punishments, etc.). Do you agree with the policies? Do you disagree? If you could change anything, would you and what would it be?

I Personally believe that the NCAA drug policy is quite exaggerated and not fair at the same time. There has been gaps and not fair judgmental on some athletics as well as students who may someday be like kobe or LeBron James. Every year, there are new type of drugs that can’t be detected by the NCAA and players are always one step ahead from the drug test. The NCAA should put extra effort on awareness and educating athlete on how harmful those drugs on them instead of testing them randomly and ruin their career for a random drug test.

The policy bans only substances which enhances performance but allows for certain class of substances which do not affect the performances and do not contain caffeine, alcohol. So the policy supports healthy competition by banning performance stimulating products which needs to be supported. Changes can be suggested on educating students on the banned substances and create a place for appealing where a student is given enough opportunity to raise his concerns.

the NCAA is taking the drug testing policy in a whole new level where they don’t give drugs it’s priority in terms of risk on the consumer, you can’t compare weed with PEDs. Also it’s a matter of a personal choice. I understand that the NCAA will have to do some critical decisions to whoever is using this type of drugs, but for other drugs that are not harmful and they help athlete somehow to achieve their primary goal which is winning, why ban it then?.

Refrences.

N. (2015, September 24). Drug Testing. Retrieved March 24, 2017, from http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/policy/drug-testing

Legal, I. U. (n.d.). USLegal. Retrieved March 24, 2017, from https://sportslaw.uslegal.com/drugs-and-testing/

Policy. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2017, from http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/policy