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Today is the closing ceremony for Rio 2016 and this morning I was watching some of the emotional pictures and videos by proud athletes winning Gold, Silver, and Bronze for their countries. However, for the last few Olympics, I have also been asking myself the questions; Does access to the best technology give richer countries an unfair advantage? Will High-Tech Olympic Gear Be the Next Doping Scandal? Should we be thinking about future doping technologies like DNA Editing? Is Technology Doping in the Olympics: Cheating or Progress?

Ever since the first ancient Greek chipped away at a lump of stone to give it the smooth, aerodynamic properties. Tool makers and the Engineers have been looking at ways to enhance performance – while some of those denied medals have been crying foul.

In the recent years, we have seen how Olympics have has evolved with having two types of doping problem, where the second doesn't have anything to do with getting hopped up on steroids or tinkering with genetics. “Technology doping” is a growing issue in competitive sports as every year breakthroughs in engineering and science lead to high-tech equipment and materials that can blur the line between enhancing athletic performance and cheating. Some of these technologies are expensive and provide the unfair advantage to poorer athletes.

"Technology is as much a part of an athlete's armoury as nutrition, training and coaching,”

The future is more like a sci-fi movie where in a few decades one will be spray-on clothing that repels water. Triathletes could enter a "spray chamber" to change their clothes between events. 3D printing could build kit such as running shoes to suit the weather on the day or compensate for injury before a runner goes out on the track.

North America, Europe, and Japan have been a world-leader in technological innovation in sport. the problem is that the "The rest of the world has not been able playing catch-up because they just cannot afford it.

Sport lives from the creation of a level playing field on which different people can compete, and if it is just a question of having the right technology bought by the biggest pay cheque then it doesn't make sense.

I can come up with many examples of the souped-up gear is making its debut at the Winter Olympic Games commence. The most hyped so far is the US team's new speed skating suit, which was manufactured with help from the aerospace engineers at Lockheed Martin. The company, Under Armour, boasts that it's the fastest suit ever made, though China and Russia have made similar claims. All of these technologies are proprietary and IMHO in the category of “Technology doping” and "Mechanical doping”

Carefully engineered equipment has always played a role in Olympic sports, from the early days of Olympics and especially with the proliferation of nanotech materials. Nanotechnology is used to improve everything from bobsleds and luges to figure skates and clothing. The alpine skiers at Sochi, for instance, are sporting skis that use carbon nanotubes to boost speed. The nanotubes dampen the vibrations caused when skiers go over bumps by spreading out the incoming energy. My question is this, should all athletes at a given sport be given equal rights and equal equipment to level the playing field? Recent article in New Scientist where the article talks about how Motion capture is being used in high end sport, in particular for getting super-precise data on the movements of all kinds of athletes, from runners to high-jump skiers. For these Olympics though, the US speed skating team have used motion capture in a different way. Clothing makers Under Armour, based in Baltimore, Maryland, teamed up with engineers at US aerospace and defence firm Lockheed Martin and used the technique to build the skaters a better suit. These technologies are just unavailable for typical athlete in Africa or India.

"First discovered in 1991, carbon nanotubes are sheets of carbon atoms that roll up like chicken wire to form tiny tubes. Their unusual combination of lightness, flexibility and strength – the tubes are more difficult to break than diamond or steel – has led to promises of a host of futuristic gadgets, including carbon-based computers, underwater speakers and even an elevator to space.”

British Cycling's new Cervélo T5GB track has been developed over the course of hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel analysis, stress testing and computer simulation. According to British Cycling the new track bike "will be the most aerodynamic model the Great Britain Cycling Team has ever ridden”

With bike prices used in the Olympics being in the order of $10,000-50,000 the cost of entry is way beyond most athletes from the emerging economise. These expensive technologies are only avaialable to richer nations that in recent years have done so well in Olympics gold ranking. For example the new aero track bike from Felt might help US women’s pursuit team win gold in Rio. So is this type of legal "Technology Doping" fair?

"The US Olympic Team’s Secret Weapon Is Incredibly Unique”

"Felt engineers suspected that what has long been an article of faith among bike designers—that there are no crosswinds in an indoor velodrome—is in fact not the case. In testing, their hypothesis bore out. In a 4,000 meter race on an Olympic-standard 250-meter velodrome, riders take 64 left turns, each of which subjects the riders to a headwind that comes at a very slight yaw, or angle, from the left side.”

The Cervelo S5 is said to be the most aero bike in the world, designed to make one go faster, easier, but is it fair if the athletes cannot afford one? How can we make technology possible and accessible to all is the big question for the next Olympics.

A few days ago I saw an article in Telegraph with a picture of the EU medal tally which was produced by German company Euro Information, which told me why don't countries like India or Indonesia do better and in this Olympics between only got one Gold and yet population of 1.5 billion or around 3 times the size of EU!

To be fair, the majority of sports in the Olympics are fair like Volleyball, wrestling, Taekwondo, Handball, Gymnastics and Football Also most of the Athletics don't use "Technology Doping" to gain an advantage. However we may need to review some of the categories in the list below;

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