Friday, April 11, 2008

The Speedo "Enhancement" ?

I've posted a few thoughts before about the role of "enhancements" in sport (see here and here).

Well, this issue is in the news again as the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit has come out with this new swimsuit which some argue will result in many world records being broken.

Here is a snippet from the CNN story:

Since the suit was unveiled in February, 19 long-course world records have been set and four short-course marks. The new Speedo suit has been worn in all but one of the 23 records.

At this point in 2004 -- the last Olympic year -- five world records had been set.

Swimming's world governing body decided last weekend not to ban the new high-tech suit, despite claims of buoyancy and "technological doping" by some critics.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see every world record broken at the games, and hopefully we'll get a big percentage of those," said Schubert, one of the most outspoken supporters of the new swimsuit.