Smith, October 23 12:30 — 13:30


The new era of sport is a reality. Today in order to achieve world records, an athlete must exceed the natural biological limits.
94% of all swimming events at the Beijing Olympics were won in Speedo's LZR Racer suits. In December 2008, the LZR Racer suit was recognized by FINA as "technological doping."
Oscar Pistorius, using Össur Cheetah Flex-Foo running prostheses, was the second in the 400-meter preliminary race and advanced to the semi-finals at the London Olympics.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), suspended Pistorius from the start on the basis that the “spring” prostheses give the athlete a significant advantage over ordinary runners. Pistorius challenged this decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which overturned the IAAF decision on May 16, 2008, allowing Pistorius to continue to compete.
Modern scientific achievements in the field of high technology and biomedicine allow athletes to achieve victories and show new records. What is it? A new stage in the development of sports or is it a new type of doping?

Key discussion topics:

  • Gadgets implanted in athletes. What kindy? How to implant? What is their value to athletes?
  • Modification of key “knots” with digitally controlled prostheses, chip tuning of muscles, reactions, motor functions — is this real? How legal is it?
  • Bio/technohacking or new gear technology? What is better?