Building on regulations that prevent women with unusually high levels of testosterone from competing as women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have announced the introduction of new rules to prevent other athletes with unfair advantages competing in future Games.
Mandatory genetic screening of all athletes will allow the identification of any individuals possessing advantageous alleles (versions of genes) which might confer benefits such as greater height, better metabolism or any predispositions towards athletic prowess.
A spokesman for sports issued the following statement:
"For too long, the Olympic Games have been dominated by those with unreasonable genetic advantages. These new rules will allow us to weed out these free-loaders, who have been relying on this unfair edge to get them ahead in their chosen sports. Now, for example, only those long jumpers who have arrived at their current heights by their own hard work and determination will be allowed to compete in the Games"
The IOC and the IAAF are now said to be investigating methods of identifying those individuals who were better nourished as children, so that they might also be excluded.
"Studies have shown that people who are well-nourished as children can be healthier as adults"
"This is yet another example of systematic unfairness that needs to end"