Gold medal-winning Aussie Olympian ‘wants to compete’ at event created for athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs
An Olympic gold medalist is one of a number of Australians keen to take part in an event for athletes who use drugs.
Aron D’Souza, the Australian entrepreneur behind Enhanced Games, says the ‘household name’ is among more than 900 global athletes interested in competing in the multi-sport event with no drug testing.
Two billionaires, including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, have been revealed as investors in Enhanced Games, which will be held in the middle of next year.
Melbourne-born London-based businessman D’Souza says “many Australians” have expressed interest in competing but will not yet reveal identities.
“I wish I could tell you. But there is one Australian gold medalist who has come out … a very famous name,’ D’Souza said.
“He was like, ‘I’d love to compete.’
Enhanced Games President Dr Aron D’Souza wants to make his drug-fueled sports championships a reality
In the Enhanced Games, athletes will not be drug tested in an effort to see what people are capable of when doping is unrestricted (stock photo)
At least one former Australian athlete wants to compete in the Enhanced Games if it becomes a reality (stock photo)
‘When you think about it, if you’re a retired Olympian, what do you have… you’re certainly not rich.
“We now have the capital structure and I want to make our athletes rich.
“Because it is fundamentally unfair that the highest paid people in the sports apparatus are people like John Coates in Australia, Sebastian Coe here (in Europe), Thomas Bach – the bureaucrats.”
D’Souza was ‘genuinely surprised’ by the number of athletes who wanted to take part.
“But it’s also so clear that this is the future,” he said.
“As you’ve seen in the last year, year and a half with artificial intelligence, what was once science fiction is now reality.
‘And humans will accelerate and the greatest limitation of our acceleration is our poor biological form.
‘The Enhanced Games will be the first stop in this journey of humanism where we can overcome our biology and become something greater.’
Thiel and fellow billionaire venture capitalist and biotech pioneer Christian Angermayer, along with multi-millionaire tech and crypto capitalist Balaji Srinivasan, were revealed as private sector funders of Enhanced Games.
“It’s really surprising that these people moved so quickly,” D’Souza said.
“We now have enough capital to produce the entire first event.”
Global television networks and streaming services are in talks with D’Souza, who is president of Enhanced Games.
Venues around the world are busy hosting the first event of five disciplines – track and field, swimming and diving, gymnastics, weightlifting and combat sports.
Enhanced Games athletes are not required to disclose performance-enhancing regimens.
“However, we are setting up a set of biomarkers — the heart, injection rates, heart size, various vitamin levels and so on,” D’Souza said.
‘And you have to be within those biomarker ranges and it’s all supported by a robust set of clinical and scientific literature.
“We’re going to do a full systemic health check on all of our athletes — blood work, MRIs, EKGs (electrocardiogram), organ imaging in particular, to make sure they don’t have an enlarged heart.”
Sydney Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones is one athlete whose career has been shattered by a doping ban.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong also admitted to using drugs during his career
In addition to lucrative financial incentives, athletes will get an equity stake in Enhanced Games – which D’Souza expects to host at an established venue, bypassing the need to build infrastructure, with hundreds of competitors.
“Breaking world records safely is the most important thing,” he said.
‘ … I’m sure the fastest man in the world, fastest woman in the world, will be at the Enhanced Games.’
Up to seven qualifying events will be staged around the world in December, including Australia, ahead of the first Games in the middle of next year.
“We have a very clear timeline for delivering the event now,” D’Souza said.
‘This is the calculation we are making: can we change a cultural taboo?
‘And if we do that, then we have the crown jewel of international sport and a way to inspire humanity to believe in the possibility of improvements.’