Monday, August 10, 2009

My Take On the FINA Suit Ban

Again, I'm tagging up some not exactly headline news here...
As I'm sure you've heard FINA will ban (well, restrict really) polyurethane swimsuits as of January 1st 2010.

Personally I think it's a great idea. I know technology plays a huge role in many sports. And often times it elevates and improves sports. Sometimes not. But with the advent of the LZR and other suits, world records were getting demolished left and right.

With the exceptions of running and swimming most sports use a tool to create the game. A ball, a bike, a glorified/modified stick (cue, club, pole), a car (?), a pair of skis, a deck of cards...wait... And in most of those sports the technologies are kept in check and check and check to create a somewhat level playing field. And in some cases it's not so clear.

But isn't swimming really a sport that's about how fast a person can move through the water? Although it would be ludicrous and social unacceptable, shouldn't swimmers compete in the nude? Right. Not gonna happen. But if it could then it would really be about how quickly one can do the butterfly, yes no?

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