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Explained: Why ‘super shoes’ have revived debate on technological doping at Tokyo Olympics

Indian Express | 08/08/2021 09:06 PM | Click to read full article

Since the Rio Olympics of 2016, a slew of world, national and personal athletics records have been broken, thanks to what are described as “super shoes”. While these high-tech shoes have been praised for transforming track and field events, they have also been slammed by purists, who believe the new footwear has ruined athletics.

Critics allege that using the super footwear, first developed by the American multinational Nike and now adopted by several competitors, amounts to ‘technological doping’.