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Doping-approved ‘Enhanced Games’ receives millions in financial backing

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The man behind the doping-enthused Enhanced Games, Aron D’Souza, has revealed he received millions of dollars in financial backing for his entrepreneurial idea a year and a half before his first planned Games in the summer of 2025.

In an interview with Sifted magazine, D’Souza revealed that he has teamed up with German-American billionaire and co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, who has invested a “single-digit million-dollar number” into the Enhanced Games. Thiel isn’t the only investor on board; cryptocurrency investor and billionaire Christian Angermayer and Balaji Srinivasan, former CTO of crypto exchange Coinbase, have also invested in D’Souza’s idea.

What are the Enhanced Games?

D’Souza’s idea is to provide an alternative to what organizers perceive as a corrupt Olympics. They criticize the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its alleged exploitation of athletes, lack of payment of athletes and rejection of “enhanced” world records. According to their website, “The Enhanced Games promotes the use of science and focuses on core sports, aiming to break world records and ensure fair compensation for athletes.” They argue that performance-enhancing drugs, when used responsibly, can significantly enhance training outcomes and allow athletes to reach their full potential.

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“The Olympic Games are this ancient model reinvented by a colonialist aristocrat in 1896 for the Victorian world,” D’Souza tells Sifted. “We need to design a modernized Games for social media [like TikTok and Instagram] and broadcast television for short attention spans.”

The Enhanced Games will focus on a limited number of single-person events that are of high interest, like track and field, swimming, gymnastics, boxing and weightlifting. D’Souza plans to dispense with events that “people aren’t interested in, like badminton, curling and long-distance running.” According to…

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