- In the 18th century gentlemen thought that training was not in the spirit of sport.
- Since 1997 the world record for the 10,000 metres has been broken five times, dropping from 26 min 31.32 sec to 26 min 17.53 sec, each time by a Kenyan or an Ethiopian.
- The National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey (30 miles west of London) has a large room that can simulate high altitude conditions, so that athletes can raise their red blood cell count. The World Anti Doping Agency deems this legal while banning the use of drugs to get the same effect.
- Individuals are playing a growing role in team sports.
So in conclusion one could say that individuals are becoming a problem in team events while in events between individuals the co-opted teams are altering the nature of the competition. One more way in which the world is changing.