Aussie creates rampant rival to the ‘corrupt’ Olympics – and drug cheating is ENCOURAGED with the aim of ‘unlocking the true potential of the human body’
- The Enhanced Games movement touts drug cheats as heroes
- Wants to push the human body and break world records
- Has been slammed by Olympic officials
Forget anti-doping tests that cost millions and still let cheats slip through the net. An Australian is about to unleash the Enhanced Games, where performance-enhancing drugs are not only allowed, but encouraged.
Melbourne businessman Aaron D’Souza is behind this very real rival to the Olympics, a free doping fest designed to see just how far the human body can be pushed.
And legitimate world records will be broken, not counted in the record books.
The initiative has labeled the traditional Olympics as ‘corrupt’ and is saddled with the slogan: ‘We believe that science makes humanity – and sport – better and fairer’.
And while it may seem satire on paper, D’Souza has assured the world that the Enhanced Games are very real with the first events set to be held just before the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“It’s a black market, it’s underground, it’s unsafe. By getting things out there, it can be done under clinical and scientific supervision,” he said.
Former world champion in athletics Marion Jones shocked the world when she tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), a banned performance-enhancing substance
Nathan Baggaley couldn’t celebrate his silver medal in Athens for long before he was stripped and suspended after testing positive for steroid use
Lance Armstrong was an Olympian and seven-time winner of the Tour de France until he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs
The movement believes that athletes who use doping are “reviled and demeaned” and that disgraced competitors like Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery are “heroes”.
While these athletes and more have lost their records and titles, the Enhanced Games movement has restored them with its own list of world record holders.
“The Enhanced Games hereby restores the world records of the following athletes and commends them for their bravery,” the website reads.
So is a mysterious athlete who they claim is faster than Usain Bolt.
“I broke Usain Bolt’s record in the 100m, but I can’t show you my face,” the unnamed athlete says in their social media campaign.
While the Enhanced movement claims to have former Olympians in its ranks, Anna Meares is not one of them.
The cyclist who won Olympic gold is now Australia’s Chef de Mission for the Paris Games and she was devastating for the Enhanced Games.
“I think it’s a joke, to be honest. Unfair, unsafe – I just don’t think this is the right way to go about sport,” she said.
He is the fastest man in the world. He broke Usain Bolt’s record in the 100m.
But the world is not ready for him. The Olympics hate him.
He’s been maligned. He will be vindicated.
Come see him compete in the Enhanced Games 2024. pic.twitter.com/iop3IUptGz
— enhancedgames (@enhanced_games) June 19, 2023
We are in the midst of a long twilight struggle.
Enhanced athletes have long been maligned and demeaned for their stance on bodily autonomy and science.
We believe science is real.
Will you join the athletes of the world?
Or do you go against them? pic.twitter.com/V4TJmiCXWC
— enhancedgames (@enhanced_games) June 19, 2023
Australia has a checkered history with doping in sport, failing to even establish an anti-doping body until 1990.
Australia’s major football codes were both hit by diverging charges and suspensions for doping at AFL club Essendon and NRL club Cronulla in 2013.
Scandals in the weightlifting and athletics ranks at the Australian Institute of Sport in the 1980s paved the way for the anti-doping organization and eventually the expanded ASADA program.
Bob Stewart, a former sports policy academic at Victoria University, told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2019 that the idea of Australia being a clean country was wrong.
“The idea that our sports culture is highly anti-doping just doesn’t hold,” Stewart said.
“We have a history of drug use. We try to hide it. We pretend we don’t need drugs and have an anti-drug culture, but that’s just not true.’
Australian Olympic doping timeline
Queenslander Shayna Jack is rebuilding her swimming career and has always maintained her innocence after testing positive for the banned substance Ligandrol
Pentathlete Alex Watson was disqualified from the 1988 Seoul Olympics for caffeine, later acquitted
Cyclist Martin Vinnicombe suspended in 1991 for steroid use, reduced on appeal
Sprinter Dean Capobianco was banned in 1996 for steroid use, alleged contaminated meat consumption
Swimmer Samantha Riley warned in 1996 about taking a banned painkiller from the coach
Canoe printer Nathan Baggaley was suspended in 2005 for using steroids
Track cyclist Mark French suspended in 2004, acquitted in 2005 for lack of evidence
Cyclist Stephen Hodge admitted in 2012 that he used doping throughout his career
Olympic sprinter Anthony Alozie has been suspended for 20 months for failing a drug test
Sprinter Josh Ross lost the challenge for similar charges in the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Shayna Jack tests positive for Ligandrol ahead of the 2019 World Championships, serving a two-year suspension and missing out on the chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics