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How about we forget spending all this money on technology and just make more sports free and accessible to children?
While I wouldn't put a foreign element into my own body, prohibiting performance enhancing drugs while allowing performance enhancing technology is surely a double standard - especially when the gulf between the technological haves and have nots is widening. Introduce stricter regulation on equipment and facilities or winning medals will become more and more the province of the rich.
How about free swimming for kids? It may or may not find an Olympic champion but more importantly, it might help alleviate the chronic obesity problem in this country which costs tens of billions of pounds. Sport is for all, not just for the elite.
@Money.Seriously, get a life, or at least a new hobby. Trolling the BBC's website is really quite lonely and sad
Each fighter jet costs £80m. Have we got the balance of our priorities correct? We need a strong defence but we also thrive on our athletes' successes. This provides inspiration and purpose to our youngsters who may become more active if they have access to sports facilities and coaching.
@CornholioYes you have a very valid point. State of provision of local sports facilities (not expensive private health clubs etc) is abysmal. The government points to local councils and they point to a lack of funding from Whitehall. Funding elite sport is not a contradiction, it's just the government should put our money where its mouth is and roll out comprehensive facility provision for all.
@ No. 8How tragic a comment is that. If Karate wants the limelight it needs to do what Tae Kwon Do did and lobby and produce medal hopes, not whine.As for it not being a sport, how ridiculous a comment is that? It is a martial art with a full philosphy, unlike "sports" like kick boxing which is pure agression and no philosophy other than destroying your opponent...
10 ** Total agreement .Watching sport should be banned, all basking in reflective glory !! , if we do this ,we might all get out in the world and do some our selves
We're pumping huge amounts of resources into elite sport. We should invest all the cash in grass roots sports facilities and coaching. If we cut down on watching sport, and start playing it, we might cut obesity and improve public health.
To say this is cheating (questioned in the piece) is wrong. Cheating is the state sponsored doping of the German national teams both East & West. Analysing performance and technique has always been done and it's nice to see that British athletes are now benefitting. UK athletes were always the stooges, while the rest were using banned methods our athletes were just the also rans. No anymore though
Taekwando should not be a sport, I am black belt dan 4 in karate and we don't get mentioned at allI train over 7 hours a day non stop and although i respect Taekwando, Karate is the futureNot happy
Cutting edge required for the Relay Race, they always drop the baton or pass too slowly. Maybe some science can fix this? Or maybe we should not bother, as the athletes seem to have 'butter fingers'!
Someone should really tell our swimmers about this technology.
@1 David - you didn't mention cutting edge APO and blood doping.
We could get our sprinters to beat Usain Bolt by using the cutting edge technology of the moped.
good viewing on tomorrow's world
'David' - quite, not forgetting the cutting edge medical science
This is nothing new. Advanced training teqhniques, cutting edge materials, and wind tunnels etc were responsible for Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service Cycling Team's many victories.
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