Enhanced Video games: audacious plan for sporting occasion with out drug testing | Medication in sport

An Olympic-styled competitors for drug-taking athletes is being launched by an Australian entrepreneur.

Melbourne-born, London-based businessman, Aron D’Souza is the president of Enhanced Video games, a coalition of athletes, docs and scientists. He plans to stage the inaugural video games of no drug testing in December subsequent 12 months, with two high-profile Australian athletes amongst these expressing curiosity.

The competitors is difficult the Olympic Video games mannequin which, he says, is damaged.

“The IOC (Worldwide Olympic Committee) has successfully been a one-party state operating the world of sport for 100 years,” D’Souza informed AAP. “And now the opposition occasion is right here. We’re prepared for a battle. I do know they’ll play soiled. I do know they’ll threaten us. However in the end we all know that we’re morally right.”

5 sports activities classes – observe and discipline, swimming, weightlifting, gymnastics, and fight sports activities – will likely be on this system of the Enhanced Video games, to be held yearly.

Australia’s Olympic chef de mission for Paris 2024 and former Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares says she is appalled by the idea. “It’s a joke, to be sincere. Unfair, unsafe — I simply don’t assume that is the fitting technique to go about sport,” she stated.

D’Souza stays defiant: “Athletes are adults … they usually have a proper to do with their physique what they need – my physique, my alternative; your physique, your alternative,” he stated. “And no authorities, no paternalistic sports activities federation, must be making these choices for athletes – significantly round merchandise which can be FDA regulated and accredited.”

D’Souza stated there was nice curiosity about any restrict to human endeavours. “It’s not only a query of can we break the nine-second 100 metre, I’m certain we are going to,” he stated. “I wish to see a 40, 50, 60-year-old break world information as a result of efficiency medication is the rod to anti-ageing, it’s the path to the fountain of youth. Nothing will enhance the productiveness of our society greater than stopping ageing. It seems like science fiction now however we stay sooner or later, have a look at the rise of synthetic intelligence and different applied sciences.

“And the explanation why anti-ageing has been so stymied within the scientific group is as a result of a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars} of taxpayer cash around the globe goes to fund anti-science authorities – ie WADA, USADA, Sports activities Integrity Australia – whose job it’s to cease scientific progress. The truth is that the IOC and WADA have created an unsafe system which has pressured the usage of efficiency enhancements underground.”

Australia’s Paris 2024 Olympic chef de mission Anna Meares labelled the Enhanced Games “a joke… unfair and unsafe” this week in Brisbane.
Australia’s Paris 2024 Olympic chef de mission Anna Meares labelled the Enhanced Video games “a joke… unfair and unsafe” this week in Brisbane. {Photograph}: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Photographs

A location for the inaugural Enhanced Video games was but to be settled however a metropolis wouldn’t have to spend exorbitant funds to host, as Olympic cities do, he stated. “By decreasing it from 13,000 (Olympic) athletes to perhaps a few thousand, no specialist infrastructure – as a substitute of costing $100 billion to ship this, it would price double-digit thousands and thousands,” D’Souza stated.

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D’Souza stated competing athletes could be given shares in Enhanced Video games, a for-profit entity which he was self-funding but additionally attracting curiosity from buyers in California’s Silicon Valley, the situation of many start-up and world tech corporations together with Apple and Google.

“In case you take part, you’re going to get inventory within the league and be a co-owner and that’s actually necessary to us as a result of that’s going to be a chance for athletes to generate wealth,” he stated. “I assumed that should you have been an Olympian and gained a gold medal, your life is made – it’s not the case. It’s unhappy to see individuals who have achieved the very best degree of human excellence they usually’re dwelling an objectively impoverished existence. On the similar time you may have these sports activities bureaucrats incomes thousands and thousands.”

The Enhanced Video games web site bears a listing of ‘enhanced world information’ which celebrates the achievements of athletes stripped of medals and information for doping.

“The IOC has dedicated itself to vilifying enhanced athletes,” it reads. “Every Olympiad, one other cohort of courageous athletes units new world information, solely to have their medals revoked, their careers suspended, and their names dragged by means of the mud. It’s time to finish this oppressive cycle. The Enhanced Video games hereby reinstates the world information set by the next athletes and commends them for his or her bravery.”

The record consists of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who was later stripped of his medals for testing optimistic to performance-enhancing medication.