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1 Destro  Mon, Aug 13, 2012 1:56:57pm

What about athletes from richer countries that gain advantages from sports gear (even better designed sneakers) or from sleeping in pressure chambers, etc?

Also, lots of athletes now are pros. The amateur ideal has ended and thus any purity the Olympic sports can claim. Now it is really a contest of pros vs pros with some sports that may endure as amateur sports because they are obscure and there is no money in it so they are left to the sports enthusiast who does it for the love of that sports.

But even in sports I think don't have a commercial nature like 'shot put' or curling there maybe endorsement money involved.

2 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Mon, Aug 13, 2012 2:54:10pm

re: #1 Destro

What about athletes from richer countries that gain advantages from sports gear (even better designed sneakers) or from sleeping in pressure chambers, etc?

Also, lots of athletes now are pros. The amateur ideal has ended and thus any purity the Olympic sports can claim. Now it is really a contest of pros vs pros with some sports that may endure as amateur sports because they are obscure and there is no money in it so they are left to the sports enthusiast who does it for the love of that sports.

But even in sports I think don't have a commercial nature like 'shot put' or curling there maybe endorsement money involved.

While I do see your point, doping is cheating because you are no longer using a naturally occurring human body. Wearing nicer shoes is not. Wearing shoes that have little rockets in them would be cheating.

3 Destro  Mon, Aug 13, 2012 7:23:49pm

re: #2 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Some of the athletic gear like the swimwear actually increases speed by tenths of a second. Some gear is actually standardized to prevent disadvantages of course like how much bikes can weight, etc.


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