sport stuck in the past

including and especially swimming.

The only part of being stuck in the past, that I agree with Adam Peaty is the fact that I think swimming results are measured in an unsophisticated way, with the exception of para swimming, where they measure speed by the para classification and then compute the winner via Fina points.

Especially now with the declassification of sexes, and more athletes declaring that they are a gender and classic gender classification becomes rapidly out of fashion, sports need to find a fast way to change the way results are computed.

They are very simply computed by

  • the fastest
  • the furthest
  • the highest
  • the most

Apparently boxing has found quite acceptable ways of measuring success by dividing match participants into weight classes.

In boxing they would never fight anybody just anybody like they do in swimming. In boxing the boxers need to fit into a weight class.

No such thing in swimming. In swimming it is just the fastest. If you would use that rule in boxing, you would just get all the biggest and tallest boxers smash-up the little ones.

To measure successful swimming, they should compute the body length in relation to the pool length, e.g. distance swam.

A smaller swimmer may get a better result in comparison to a tall swimmer simply because of the amounts of body length they do per distance for their class of body length.

Look at basket ball, you see a lot of tall giants throw a ball around and into a high up net. This does not increase the virtuosity of the ball skills, it just improves the amount of tall ball players on a field.

So far FINA rules forbid men swimming against women in a sexist classification but I see that this is going to be challenged and the challenger is going to win the argument; simply because of the way human evolution works at the moment.

Swimming could just classify by body length/height and measure how long it takes a person of a certain height classification to do the distance rather than let anybody do the distance regardless how tall they are.

I think it is very unsophisticated to run sports so simply as just to measure an outcome without distinctions of participants, but that is just a result of general unsophistication that is around these days.