Enhanced Games founder drops bombshell on world record holders ready to take banned drugs

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ATHLETICS Enhanced Games founder drops bombshell on world record holders ready to take banned drugs

Abigael Wafula 13:00 - 15.02.2024

Enhanced Games CEO Aaron D'Souza has disclosed that several national record holders and world record holders have expressed interest in taking banned performance-enhancing drugs but are afraid of destroying their reputation.

Aron D'Souza has admitted that he already has a list of world record holders who are willing to take performance-enhancing drugs to break the limits.

Speaking to Reuters, the Enhanced Games CEO noted that last week, retired world champion swimmer James Magnussen agreed to take banned performance-enhancing drugs to attempt to beat Cesar Cielo's 15-year-old 50-meter sprint world record for Ksh 155,500,000.

With such a big move, D’Souza believes he is about to join the ranks of the great entrepreneurial disruptors through his Enhanced Games.

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"We want athletes who have the potential to break world records and we're going to really focus on those best athletes and pay them well.

"I do have some current national and world record holders who are ready to jump ship because, I'll be honest, it was hard before James because dealing with these athletes who are so cagey, they're so worried about their reputation,” he told Reuters.

Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, tech investor Christian Angermayer, and former Coinbase Chief Technology Officer Balaji Srinivasan are some of the investors who are willing to invest huge chunks of money into the sport.

The London-based Australian wants to create a platform where athletes competing for themselves and not their countries will be allowed to use pharmacological or technological assistance to achieve the best results they can and be richly rewarded for it.

"It's so important to us to pay the athletes right. Excellence deserves to be rewarded. It's so unfortunate that athletes have been exploited for so long, but I can feel a real inflection point here.

"My billionaire investors are really the first people to call out the hypocrisy of the Olympics, or the corruption, the dysfunction, the lies, and I think the world is taking notice and seeing that there's a better model of international sports,” he added.