JohnGalt wrote:I would say the person who has made the least sense and who has made the least amount effort to address any of the points in this discussion so far would be you. Square wheels? What does that have to do with anything... This may come as a surprise but; cybernetic implants are completely and entirely, from any perspective you may choose, unnatural. So are steroids. So is blood doping. Diets and investment have nothing... nothing to do with the discussion.
With due respect, I urge you to reread some of this thread then.
As for the above bolded, it has been mentioned now by a few people that the arbitrary line in the rules that we've decided are to be drawn are arbitrary, and thus entirely relevant to the conversation at hand.
JohnGalt wrote:Generally, only equipment that eliminate TRIVIAL factors such as grip on the road is used.
So you've never heard of the controversies surrounding the Tour de France bikes? You've never heard of illegally putting weights in Bobsleds? I'm sorry, but claiming that equipment has a trivial factor on athletic performance is ignorant at best, willfully misleading at worst.
JohnGalt wrote:For the record; I do not agree with the criminalisation of drugs. But these competitions - contrary to what Izawwlgood might think - are completely voluntary, and have rules to which every athlete agree by virtue of entering the competition. Those rules are there for a reason, as I have pointed out, the use of PEDs defeats the purpose of the competition. If you do not understand that , you do not understand these competitions. Rules of voluntary competitions and laws are not the same
Ah, ok, I see you too are unable to coherently exchange conversation points as well!
Competition in these leagues is voluntary, but participation does not = agreement to every bylaw. It means adding another choice; do athletes accept the legal risks associated with doping? The answer, as we can abundantly see, is yes, which doesn't suggest that athletes 'agree by virtue of participation' by any stretch of the mind.
So, what is the purpose of competition? In the Olympics, as already mentioned, the purpose isn't necessarily to beat the next guy. The purpose is just as often (I have no data to ascertain how often) to break world records. Pretty hilarious coming from the individual who already stated that the purpose to many competitions is to push the boundaries of human possibility.
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