Should Bodybuilding Be An Olympic Sport?
Bodybuilding Be An Olympic Sport are one of the most significant sports event happens in the world. It is the leading sporting event that organizes various sports competitions at an international level. This sports event features multiple summer and winter sports competitions. It is the dream of almost every athlete and sports persons to once being a part of the Olympic games. It is the most significant opportunity one can ever have in his or her sporting career. Every year, thousands of athletes and sportsperson participate in the Olympic games. More than 200 countries become part of the Olympic games. It is one of the most attractive and social events that take place internationally every year.
Therefore, it is a matter of fact that participating in the Olympics is not at all an easy task. You need to have special skills and professional training to be a part of this game. It takes years for people to practice and to become a part of the Olympics and turn their dreams into reality. But still, there are various athletic and physical activities are there which is not apart of Olympics. One such activity is bodybuilding. Unfortunately, bodybuilding is still not suitable for the Olympic games, and there are various reasons behind it. Bodybuilding is a physical activity which generally involves a lot of efforts and fatigue, so people who want to become a bodybuilder usually goes for various supplements and other intoxicating drugs which gives them perfect body shape and a required muscles density. But it also harms their normal functioning of the body since it is very much toxicities and harmful for the body. It affects the muscles of the body as well as ruptures the functioning of the nerves. Due to these medical causes, bodybuilding is also not considered as a perfect activity to be added in the Olympic games. With everything mentioned above and the fact that the IOC seems to have zero interest in even entertaining the thought of including bodybuilding, I don’t feel we will ever see it become part of the Olympics. We have enough shows and contests throughout the year that bring competitors from all over the globe, that one “extra contest” wouldn’t make or break my opinion of bodybuilding or change the excitement in my eyes. I’m perfectly fine with looking at the Mr Olympia contest as the “Olympic Games” for bodybuilders.
There are people out there who aren’t fans of basketball, who watch Olympic basketball just because it’s the Olympics and they want to cheer on their country. I don’t watch swimming on television, but I watch it when the Olympics are on. There seems to be a negative connotation that goes along with bodybuilding where I don’t feel those same people would get behind it, even if a competitor from their nation was competing. Many find it gross. Many think it’s weird. And many can’t look past the steroid piece of the equation regardless of if they understand how much hard work and dedication is put into building such physiques. Competitive bodybuilding is strongly associated with clinical syndromes such as muscle dysmorphic (Mosley, 2009), a body-image related psychological disorder. Muscle dysmorphia can be defined as a form of body dysmorphic disorder and consists of preoccupation with the idea that one’s body is too small or insufficiently lean or muscular (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Components of muscle dysmorphia include body image distortion/dissatisfaction, dietary constraints, pharmacological aids, nutritional supplements, exercise dependence, physique concealment, and low self-esteem (Rhea, Lantz & Cornelius, 2004). Exercise dependence, in particular, can be defined as a craving for leisure time physical activity that results in uncontrollable excessive exercise behaviour and that manifests in physiological symptoms or psychological symptoms (Hausenblas & Symons Downs, 2002).
No doubt, bodybuilding is one of the most critical and hardworking physical activity and people around the globe practising it on a large number. People are utilizing their previous hours for this activity. It is very disappointing for them to know that bodybuilding is still not a part of the Olympics due to specific reasons. In the year 1970, president of the international federation of bodybuilders, Ben Weider kept a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make bodybuilding an Olympic sport, but unfortunately, it is still just a proposal. From the past few years, young bodybuilders are also pressurizing the government to consider bodybuilding as a sport and provide funds to make it more acceptable, but still there is no response from the government. Despite being one of the most hardworking physical activity, bodybuilding is not getting an excellent platform for its practices.
Here in this article, you will get to know the reasons behind bodybuilding is not included in the Olympics even after being the most prominent sport of hard working. Below the reasons are highlighted with the proper details.
1.Bodybuilding is not a Sport; it does not Include Athleticism
According to the sport dictionary, any activity is considered as a sport when it involves physical exertion and a competitive skill in which an individual or a team of determined people compete against each other with a perspective of winning. There’s no doubt that bodybuilding requires a substantial physical exertion and robust training, but according to the definition of sports, it is not considered as a sport since it does not show any competitive skill on the day of the competition. Body builders do not have to perform any competitive activity on the judgement day. Their hard work and training commit he seen on the competition field, and this is the reason bodybuilding is not considered as a sport. It does not include any athleticism also. On the day of competition, the only way to judge them is by their look that is not at all justified for other sports persons. Therefore, bodybuilding fails to be considered as a sport in the very first criteria. We call it a game. But, I think that’s because if you call 300-pound monsters on stage as competitors of a pageant, they might not take too kindly to that. But. There is no athletic ability needed in bodybuilding. There’s no running, jumping, throwing, etc. involved. I love bodybuilding, but there’s genuinely no skill involved in the competition aspect of it. Sure, the athletes train all year and diet for shows, but the weight they lift or amount of protein consumed means nothing on how the athletes are scored and looked at on stage.
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2.Bodybuilding is Super Subjective
To judge the methodology of the bodybuilding is another difficult task that makes it out of the competitive sports events. Performing a sport, whose atmosphere is highly competitive, such as bodybuilding, may put individuals who engage in those sports under unbearable pressure. Competition is thought to facilitate the onset of body image disturbance at an elite level, where appearance, a lean body shape, and low body weight are emphasized (Smolak, Murnen, & Ruble, 2000). Furthermore, athletes at a higher level of competition are at a greater risk for disordered eating behaviour than were athletes at a lower competition level (Picard, 1999). To attain the level of muscularity displayed in the modern-day competitive arena, competitive bodybuilders show a high level of dedication and commitment through training intensely for many years. Research has shown that males feel worse about their general appearance and physical ability following failure (Mills & D’Alfonso, 2007). Furthermore, Hale et al., (2010) suggest that bodybuilders may tend to become overcommitted in their weight lifting routines in comparison to fitness lifters. This indicates that the level of commitment to bodybuilding may play a rather significant role in body image, specifically in the population of competitive bodybuilders. Also, Mills and D’Alfonso (2007) suggest that men may, therefore, use their bodies to increase their sense of self-worth, achievement, and accomplishment through competitive performance feedback. If you think fans are upset now with show results, add bodybuilding to the Olympics and see what happens when your favourite competitor doesn’t win for their respective nation. It’ll start a world war (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration). But seriously, all of the judges would need to be trained on what to look for etc. It’s not like the athletes need to throw a ball through a hoop and score points where they only need someone to keep score. The judging is done in the eyes of each judge on whom they feel brought the best physique to the stage.
3.Even such as Mr.India,Mr.Universe etc are not ending
While it would be nice to have bodybuilding be a part of the Olympic games, I don’t think it defines the sport of bodybuilding by any means. We have competitors from all over the world, competing just about every month in contests against each other. Look at the Olympia, for example. It’s not like only US competitors are on that stage, there are competitors from everywhere. So, do we need to be an Olympic sport if everyone is already competing against each other and the Mr Olympia title is given to the winner along with the other respective placings? It’s like gold, silver, bronze in its way.