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posted by mattie_p on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the and-now-for-sports dept.

CoolHand writes:

"Sci-Tech Today talks about the role of technology in the Olympics from a unique perspective:

Every advance in the ever-accelerating juggernaut of sports technology threatens to widen the divide between Olympic haves and have-nots. Well-sponsored teams and rich governments pay top-end scientists and engineers to shape their skis, perfect their skates, tighten their suits, measure their gravitational pull.

I'm no luddite, but this seems to make these sports more about who can afford the best tech, and less about the true spirit of the games: bringing the best athletes from all countries together to compete. How can it be about the athletes, when some of the best athletes may never win due to lack of funding/tech?"

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  • (Score: 1) by engblom on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:46AM

    by engblom (556) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:46AM (#2169)

    If everybody were forced to use the very same kind of equipment provided by the arranger of the event, all athletes would be on the same level. If this would be true, the equipment would not even need to be particular expensive. If the equipment is slowing down the athletes comparing the latest high tech, it is doing so for all of them.

    There is another much more serious problem: What to do with all taking drugs to get better result? The tests will always be behind and those with most money to put into drugs will have such that are not detected yet.