the end of sport

Does sport have a lifespan?

Ever since the ancient Greeks held the original Olympic games, competitive sport became marketable.

We began to realize that superstars are idols. A 7 ft basketball player, who’s powerful, fast and technically skilled, is rare and exciting to watch.

This is the whole basis that sports revolves around. The athletes we praise are those who are furthest away from what we can do.

If you’re 5ft 6 and you’ve never been able to dunk in your life, then Lebron James is going to appear even greater to you than someone who’s 6ft 10, can dunk but just isn’t that great at basketball.

But what happens when technology and drugs begin to level the playing field?

 

Freedom Vs Rules

Drugs and ergogenic aids aren’t new to sports. Athletes such as Nate Diaz, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and more, have claimed in the past how large the issue has become.

Many athletes claim that they have to take drugs in order to compete otherwise it would be impossible because everyone’s doing it.

This issue is allowed to continue because the people cheating are slightly ahead of the testers continuously.

However, they can’t make things too obvious because of rules. If a lightweight boxer goes away for 5 months, then comes back around 50lbs bigger but just as fast, questions get raised.

But what’s stopping the average person on the street turning into the Hulk?

Side effects is probably the only thing most people are afraid of, but what happens when side effects are removed and formulas mastered? The average person would have complete freedom to become as physically superior as they wish.

 

Super Athletes

So lets say that we build exoskeletons that everyone can buy. Lets say that steroids become mastered and side effects free. Lets say that we hack the human body and enable everyone to be 6ft 10.

What now?

Well they can’t become athletes because this would be against the rules of any sports organisation/franchise in the world.

The situation that would confront us, would be one where staying clean could make you a professional athlete and taking drugs/adding things to your body would get you banned from professional sport.

Nothing new. But, who’s going to care if Usain Bolt runs sub 9.50secs if they themselves can run sub 8 seconds?

We praise top level sports people because they can do what we can’t. But top level athletes have a disadvantage. If they exchanged their bones and muscles with artificial materials, then we wouldn’t let them play. However there’s nothing stopping the average man on the street having this procedure done.

This creates a situation where Mr Average can run quicker, jump higher, is stronger and pretty much better at everything than true athletes.

Then if athletes want to catch up, their only option is to cheat and face a ban.

It leads to a situation where only two options can play out. 1. Sport dies. 2. We make drugs and ergogenic aids legal.

Who’s going to tune in and watch the PGA Tour if you can out-drive Tiger Woods in his prime by 200 yards? It would be like paying to watch your children play.

It sounds crazy to say, because sport is king in this era and so much money is generated from it. But it truly does have a life span unless we put a cap on what humans are allowed to have done to their bodies.

However it’s just limb replacements. First the technology is for those who require it such as people who have lost their legs in combat. Then the rich and famous will say, hang on if these new legs make him faster I want a pair too. Then the technology finds a way to be sold to the masses for cheap, and the entire world can suddenly become super athletes for a small price.

Elite level sport will no longer exist when everyone is an elite level athlete. The excitement and awe simply fades away.

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Does sport have a lifespan?

Ever since the ancient Greeks held the original Olympic games, competitive sport became marketable.

We began to realize that superstars are idols. A 7 ft basketball player, who’s powerful, fast and technically skilled, is rare and exciting to watch.

This is the whole basis that sports revolves around. The athletes we praise are those who are furthest away from what we can do.

If you’re 5ft 6 and you’ve never been able to dunk in your life, then Lebron James is going to appear even greater to you than someone who’s 6ft 10, can dunk but just isn’t that great at basketball.

But what happens when technology and drugs begin to level the playing field?

 

Freedom Vs Rules

Drugs and ergogenic aids aren’t new to sports. Athletes such as Nate Diaz, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and more, have claimed in the past how large the issue has become.

Many athletes claim that they have to take drugs in order to compete otherwise it would be impossible because everyone’s doing it.

This issue is allowed to continue because the people cheating are slightly ahead of the testers continuously.

However, they can’t make things too obvious because of rules. If a lightweight boxer goes away for 5 months, then comes back around 50lbs bigger but just as fast, questions get raised.

But what’s stopping the average person on the street turning into the Hulk?

Side effects is probably the only thing most people are afraid of, but what happens when side effects are removed and formulas mastered? The average person would have complete freedom to become as physically superior as they wish.

 

Super Athletes

So lets say that we build exoskeletons that everyone can buy. Lets say that steroids become mastered and side effects free. Lets say that we hack the human body and enable everyone to be 6ft 10.

What now?

Well they can’t become athletes because this would be against the rules of any sports organisation/franchise in the world.

The situation that would confront us, would be one where staying clean could make you a professional athlete and taking drugs/adding things to your body would get you banned from professional sport.

Nothing new. But, who’s going to care if Usain Bolt runs sub 9.50secs if they themselves can run sub 8 seconds?

We praise top level sports people because they can do what we can’t. But top level athletes have a disadvantage. If they exchanged their bones and muscles with artificial materials, then we wouldn’t let them play. However there’s nothing stopping the average man on the street having this procedure done.

This creates a situation where Mr Average can run quicker, jump higher, is stronger and pretty much better at everything than true athletes.

Then if athletes want to catch up, their only option is to cheat and face a ban.

It leads to a situation where only two options can play out. 1. Sport dies. 2. We make drugs and ergogenic aids legal.

Who’s going to tune in and watch the PGA Tour if you can out-drive Tiger Woods in his prime by 200 yards? It would be like paying to watch your children play.

It sounds crazy to say, because sport is king in this era and so much money is generated from it. But it truly does have a life span unless we put a cap on what humans are allowed to have done to their bodies.

However it’s just limb replacements. First the technology is for those who require it such as people who have lost their legs in combat. Then the rich and famous will say, hang on if these new legs make him faster I want a pair too. Then the technology finds a way to be sold to the masses for cheap, and the entire world can suddenly become super athletes for a small price.

Elite level sport will no longer exist when everyone is an elite level athlete. The excitement and awe simply fades away.