Professional sports are being transformed by performance-boosting technologies that push the limits of human ability. When the world marathon record was broken this year by over a minute, it prompted worldwide excitement. However, studies indicate that athletic performance in humans may have reached its peak in recent years. This suggests that future records will depend on the incorporation of technology and modifications of the rules of competition.
Will man’s pursuit of performance undermine the ideals of ‘fair play’? How can the ethos of sport be preserved in the technological age, and how will sports governing bodies define a new ‘level playing field’? Some interventions, such as brain stimulation to improve the mental ability to push past one’s limits, are especially challenging because they are not detectable. Should we aim to control or emphasize the use of medial and biomechanical enhancements?
This panel explores the future of sport from the perspectives of entrepreneurs, athletes, regulators, and leaders in professional sport development. For centuries, the Olympics and other professional sporting events have served as a means of promoting friendship, diplomacy, and cooperation among competing athletes and the countries they represent. The changing landscape of sports require transatlantic solutions that will hopefully bring countries closer together rather than pushing them further apart.