Body-building supplements, 2000.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph taken for the 'Sydney 2000: Drugs Olympics?' exhibition at the Science Museum, London, 2000-2001. This exhibition was designed to investigate the undercover world of drugs in sport. Over the last century, sport has become a big busines, providing world-wide entertainment, revenue and employment. It is also a highly valued social institution and sportsmen (and women) feel under constant presure to be the best. This presure has led to an increase in illegal drug taking. In the 1960s drug testing was introduced and is now a common feature at all major sporting events. However, athletes who cheat today are taking new types of wonder drugs that are becoming increasingly difficult to detect.