Should Bodybuilding Be Included Among Sport Events?

Sport events have been a major par of most culture in the entire world. From the dawn of the human civilization, including the Egyptians and the Romans, right up to the modern age through the World Series and Super Bowl sport events have taken new dimensions. The Olympics that was started in the ancient days as the finest representation of the Greek sports is still held after every four years, which is nothing but a testament to the strength of the Greeks' love of sport and competition. Truly speaking, if there had not been any such Olympic games, the world of athletics would be much different than it is today.
However, though there had been the preponderance of several sport events in the ancient days, but in respect of veneration and prestige none could match the Olympic Games. The first Olympic Games (known as the Olympic Games) started somewhere around 776 BC and were continued until about the year 393 AD - comprising 292 sets of Olympic games. The exact start of these games, traditionally held in Olympia, Greece, is unknown; but there is the presence of many different theories and myths that try to explain their beginnings, but no definitive answer. The most famous myth involves Heracles, who was instrumental in winning a race at Olympia and then sent out a decree saying that the race should be re-enacted once every four years. To keep the glaring tradition of these sport events aloft, almost at each time new kinds of sports are introduced, for the entertainment of the spectators. But it is to be noted at the same time that often serious debates get started over the inclusion of any particular event. Take for instance, bodybuilding. There is no doubt in it whether bodybuilding should be an Olympic sport has been raging for years amongst the bodybuilding community and those interested in the Olympics. On the part of ardent fans, it is argued if various sport events like weightlifting has been an Olympic sport for years, so why not bodybuilding? Keep in concern, that for the votaries of bodybuilding, these sport events and the Olympics seems to be a perfect fit, the absence of which often ignite them. In this troublesome atmosphere the only question remains, "Would making bodybuilding an Olympic sport help the Olympics?" now, if we go through the account it will be found that at present the Olympic Games is consisted of 35 sports, 53 disciplines and more than 400 events, ranging from archery through to weightlifting and wrestling. The presence of sport events in such a number has enthused the bodybuilding fan base, competitors, and sponsors to ever ready and willing to take the step to Olympic level. But is there any such criteria? The greatest stumbling block is the International Olympic Committee and the OPC, who by virtue of their designation simply state that according to their criteria, bodybuilding is not a sport and there has no place in the Olympics. This stand begs the question, "what determines a sport in the first place?". 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 organization, is competitive and is generally accepted as being a sport."

It is true, that the notion of bodybuilding fits within this definition, and one would think this should be enough for the IOC. However, the most important problem the IOC has with allowing bodybuilding into the Olympics concerns drug abuse. According to them, the pervasive usage of performance enhancing drugs by bodybuilders would prevent bodybuilding from complying with Olympic drug policies. There are harsh and vigilant doping rules for Olympic competitors, which would certainly exclude many professional bodybuilders negating the core philosophy of the sport events. But if ever included through showcasing bodybuilding, the Olympics would be encouraging people of all ages to eat good food, work out, become fit, and look after their health, other than other uses. Both have their own grounds, for which it's largely difficult for the common people to ascertain the right one.
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