Bodybuilding And the Olympics : A continuous Controversy

Posted by Douglas C. Wallen on January 23rd, 2020

The debate on whether bodybuilding should be an Olympic sport has been raging for years amongst the bodybuilding community and those interested in the Olympics. Die hard fans state that weightlifting has been an Olympic sport for years, why then not bodybuilding? To diehard fans, bodybuilding and the Olympics seems to be a perfect fit, and questions like "Why is bodybuilding not already an Olympic sport? inches are routinely aired.

Possibly the more telling questions to ask are "Should bodybuilding be an Olympic sport? inches, and "Would making bodybuilding an Olympic sport help the Olympics? inches

Bodybuilding And the Olympics: Why It is not Already An Olympic Sport

The current Olympic program consists of 35 sports, 53 disciplines and more than 400 events, ranging from archery right through to weightlifting and struggling. The bodybuilding fan base, competitors, and sponsors are all ready and ready take the step to Olympic level. The stumbling block is the International Olympic Committee and the OPC, who state simply that according to their criteria, bodybuilding is not a hobby and there has no place in the Olympics.

This stand begs the question, "what determines a hobby in the first place? inches. A simple definition by the Australian Sports Foundation says that sport is "a human activity capable of achieving a result requiring physical exertion and/or physical skill, which, by its nature and organisation, is competitive and is generally accepted as being a sport. inches

Arguably, bodybuilding fits through this definition, and one would think this should adequate for the IOC. However, the primary problem the IOC has with allowing bodybuilding into the Olympics concerns drug use. They claim that the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by bodybuilders would prevent bodybuilding from complying with Olympic drug policies. There are harsh and aware doping rules for Olympic competitors, which might certainly exclude many professional bodybuilders.

However, the natural bodybuilding fraternity does not use performance enhancing drugs. The Olympics could uphold their drug policies, allowing only natural bodybuilders to compete at the Olympics. This also aligns with the tradition of the Olympics being a competition for sporting new comers, not professionals.

Another reason stated by the IOC for removing from the total bodybuilding from the Olympics was that the judging in competitive bodybuilding was far too summary for an Olympic judge to evaluate. Given the controversy surrounding the summary judging of sports such as ice roller skating, diving, and gymnastics this argument hardly may seem to hold water. In fact, bodybuilding would seem to be a perfect fit!

How Bodybuilding Could help The Olympics

As competitive bodybuilding has never been a mainstream sport, including it as an Olympic Sport will allow the game to be better known and recognized. It would also make the game more accessible, allowing people to find out more about bodybuilding, and possibly participate themselves.

Bodybuilding would also help the Olympics by widening the scope of sports on display. By showcasing bodybuilding,achat clenbuterol the Olympics would be encouraging people of all ages to eat good food, work out, become fit, and look after their health. These are important messages in a world where so many people are overweight.

A look back into history reveals that the Olympics were first introduced by the Greeks, who idolized and revered well toned, aesthetic bodies with healthy strong our bodies.

Bodybuilding And the Olympics: The main Argument Against

Besides the drug doping issue, possibly the most prominent argument against including bodybuilding in the Olympics is the subjectivity of most judges and the fact that there is often no clear winner. Even though other Olympic sports like ice roller skating are also in this category, the majority of Olympic sporting events feature clear winners, either by time, distance, height or lifting weight. No one can state that judging mistakes have been made when a competition clearly wins an event.

Although the jury is still from bodybuilding and Olympics, it seems for now at least, that the Olympic Committee has no objective of including bodybuilding as an Olympic sport. Despite the fact that the bodybuilding fraternity is ready and ready take the step to Olympic level, it looks like they will be waiting for a time yet.

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