Australian swimming legend Leisel Jones is happy by the Enhanced Video games prospect, a drug-fuelled sports activities competitors.


File-breaking Olympian Leisel Jones has weighed into the controversy over the mooted Enhanced Video games steroid-taking competitors.

An idea that was first introduced in June 2023, the proposed video games had been based by Australian Aron D’Souza and can actively encourage athletes to take efficiency enhancing medicine.

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Retired Australian swimmer James Magnussen made headlines world wide on Friday after declaring he would compete for a $1.5 million prize if he is ready to break the 50m world file on steroids.

The present mark, 20.91 seconds set again in 2009, will nonetheless stand in fact as any Enhanced Video games try gained’t be recognised by governing our bodies or the Worldwide Olympic Committee.

However D’Souza says he’s eager to see what feats people can obtain if science, relatively than ethics, expertise and self-discipline, is the important thing ingredient.

Breaststroke legend Jones was the primary Australian swimmer to compete in 4 Olympics, successful three golds amongst eight medals at these Video games, spanning Sydney 2000 via London 2012.

The Enhanced Video games have the backing of plenty of billionaires, together with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and are at the moment slated for December 2024 or a while in 2025, with extra particulars to return in April this yr.

Like numerous sports activities followers, Jones concedes she is intrigued by the considered people testing their limits with no guidelines.

However the 38-year-old has a key caveat when contemplating what she says shall be often called the “Steroid Olympics”.

“I’m in two camps,” Jones mentioned on Triple M’s The Rush Hour with Leisel Jones, Liam & Dobbo. “I’ve at all times mentioned this is able to be an exquisite concept simply to see how briskly individuals can go.

“I don’t thoughts it. I don’t wish to take part in it myself, I’m not able to try this. The dangers are too large for me I believe for the unwanted effects and what not.

“However I’m so joyful to see different individuals do that. I’d watch it for certain. I simply wish to know the way quick they’ll go.

“If individuals are keen to place their our bodies on the road to do that, I’m not keen to, however I’m joyful to see what individuals can do in the event that they’re keen to try this. However it’s not for me.”

Whereas Jones wouldn’t compete, she admitted she would have a dialog about probably commentating on the proposed video games.

Jones, who retired again in 2012, additionally mentioned they might assist make real sport, which frequently carries stigmas or assumptions of drug-taking, cleaner.

“If this clears out individuals who genuinely wish to (take efficiency enhancing medicine) and are doing unlawful issues in sport, if that clears them out of fresh sport, that may be great,” she mentioned.

“Go knock your self out, I believe that’s nice.

“If you wish to problem your self, I say go for it. However this may hopefully preserve clear sport, clear.”

Magnussen, 32, has stored himself in form and appears to genuinely imagine he can discover the half-a-second he must decrease his private better of 21.52 set greater than a decade in the past and break that fifty mark.

Jones, nevertheless, has her doubts.

“He’s already very shredded, he’s already extraordinarily muscular and lean,” she mentioned.

“He doesn’t really want to placed on an excessive amount of dimension so I don’t know that the steroids are going to be that useful, since you wish to float as a lot as attainable, muscle could be very heavy and doesn’t float very properly.

“They’re helpful for ladies as a result of they’ll construct their testosterone and be greater and leaner.”

Magnussen additionally mentioned he would want to make use of a banned hi-tech swim go well with for his try.

On Friday, the previous 100m freestyle world champion expressed his confidence within the pursuit to the Hi there Sport podcast.

“They’ve mentioned they’ve received a billion-dollar individual backing them. In the event that they put up one million {dollars} for the 50 freestyle world file, I’ll come on board as their first athlete,” he mentioned.

“I’ll juice to the gills and I’ll break it inside six months.

“I’m going to wish a kind of tremendous fits to drift me, as a result of if I get unbelievably jacked, then I’ll sink.”

In a while Friday, the Enhanced Video games’ official X profile introduced Magnussen as its first confirmed participant.