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Comment: Unfair advantages (Score 1) 509

by crosstax (#22087932) Attached to: Prosthetic-Limbed Runner Disqualified from Olympic Games
You know there may not be a clear answer to this question, but here are a few thoughts.

If I'm someone from a third world country who can not afford to consume as many calories to develop my muscle tone like people in first world nations, then do they have an 'unfair advantage' over me?

How about if my genetic disposition to putting on muscle tone is greater than the next person's.. can we not call this an 'unfair advange'?

Since his prosthetics' efficiency is compared to an average (vs population or athletes), it would just be an issue of tuning them down to the best runner's efficiency. Then it could be thought of as 'fair', couldn't it?

The line gets blurrier the more information you take into consideration. Some might say that the whole idea of human beings competing against each other is the problem, but the counter-argument that everyone benefits from competition is valid based on results. The #2, #3 etc.. place runners drive themselves harder to try to win which benefits them by achieving better results, developing themselves further, etc..

I guess my comment only raises more questions, but where to draw the line on 'unfair advantages' is fuzzy at best.

In order to dial out, it is necessary to broaden one's dimension.

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