Damian Reilly

Why the Enhanced Games won’t work

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Ben Johnson in action during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea (Credit: Getty images)

If like me you’re convinced a lot of professional sportspeople are doped to the gills, perhaps you’re excited by the launch of the Enhanced Games – a proposed rival to the Olympic Games in which competitors will be encouraged to take as many performance-enhancing drugs as they can get into their bloodstream. 

After all, if so many are already juicing – and, crucially, not being caught – why not just be open about it? That’s the argument being made by Enhanced Games founder and president Aron D’Souza – bizarrely the man who helped tech billionaire Peter Thiel to bring down the Gawker website – who not only seeks now to make drugs in sport acceptable, but also to paint anti-doping authorities as enemies of progress.

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