Knock, knock, knock, are you there?
I’ve been contemplating a blog comeback for awhile. After I defeated dead (once again) a year ago I kept looking for a perfect moment to return, however, laziness took over and here I am, a year later making a 1,203rd come back.
I was gonna do it when I heard about the latest doomsday prophecy (you know I’m a sucker for that sorta things), but I’ll get to that later on.
Instead I’m taking on another prophecy, which doesn’t affect everybody, it affects people like, racewalkers that is, not procrastinators and suckers for the next “The End is Near” to Nostradamus wanna-be.
I’ll try to keep this short and simple, because if I get technical you’ll probable never read one of my comebacks again.
Anyway, the IAAF (the body that regulates our event) had the brilliant idea of offering some changes to make our event more likeable (read profitable).
Racewalk is one of the few events that are still free to watch at the Olympic games or World Champs and unlike the other where you can only see an athlete pass by once or twice, you can see our beautiful faces and wiggling asses pass by anywhere between 50 and 100 times.
To do so, they intend to shorten the distances, from 20 to 10km and from 50 to 30km.
Bringing the 10km to the track where you would have to pay and being a direct final (presumably) would be at least 50 bucks or 5 beers and a couple of hotdogs.
Another aspect to be changed is the way the event is judged, currently the rule says you must remain in constant contact with the ground at all times, as long as it perceptible to the human eye.
Which obviously gives room to arguments, so to avoid it the IAAF wants to introduce the use of a sorta insole for your shoes to measure the time you are off the ground. Big bucks in there for someone and also lots of races will be no more.
Because who the hell has the money to afford such technology at a local race level?
Hell, not even money prizes we have or free t-shirts, now suddenly we’d be able to afford cutting edge technology.
Great way to develop the sports!
They say it’s to make it easier for the audience, so they better understand the event, just like in figure skating, synchronized swimming, diving, gymnastics, where we all understand perfectly the scoring system and distinguish between the a Loop,
But I think the most ridiculous idea is to shorten the 50km. I mean why???!!
Who doesn’t like to see people pushing their body to the limit?
It’s the dramatic, we just need a proper editing system during broadcast, some epic music and the drama is served.
Honestly, we’d be Oscar material!
Did you even see the last bit of the 50km race in Rio?
You don’t know what you missed.
Pure drama, blood and tears.
If that isn’t good TV then lock us in a house without food right after a race and watch how we eat each other.
Truth is the dark hand of money in the name progress is moving its fingers and it’s coming for our event, if we allow it to happen, we’ll soon be the My Space of track and field, just without the annoying music that nobody could pause.
If you wanna read more in-detail and with less typos what the whole mess is about, go here: Response from the International Athletes.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back so we can talk about the latest doomsday prophecy.