Scenario: Running shoe technology has advanced over the years. It started with l

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Scenario:
Running shoe technology has advanced over the years. It started with leather shoes in the 1800’s that stretched when they got wet. By the early 1900’s the canvas shoe with rubber soles were produced by Keds and Converse. This advanced in the 1920’s to shoes with cushioning for sprinting and long-distance running. Then after 1940, Adi Dassler launched Adidas and his brother, Rudolph Dassler, launched Puma and work to advance running shoes took off. By the 1960’s, New Balance shoes were offered in multiple foot widths for a better fit. Also, the Nike Cortez shoe came onto the marketplace with a sponge rubber midsole advancing the cushioning for the impact of running. Ethylenevinyl acetate was used in the 1970’s as a foam cushion that was infused into the midsole of the running shoe. This was followed by the waffle iron pattern used by Nike to develop a lighter weight shoe – and then air-infused soles were introduced. In the 1980’s Saucony produced the Jazz Trainer with triangular tread blocks on the sole to absorb the impacts and ASICS developed a gel for cushioning. Adidas then put an electronic pedometer on the shoe tongue. By 2006, the FiveFingers shoe was a glove-like shoe option. Lighter and more cushion options have continued to advance. In 2013, New Balance used a laser to scan the foot and 3D printing to make the shoe fit a specific foot.
In 2019, Elivd Kipchoge (from Kenya) won a marathon held in Vienna, Austria as the record-breaking first person to complete the race in less than 2-hours (his time was 1:59:40). He was wearing the Nike Vaporfly shoe with more than one carbon plate. The plates provide a ‘spring-like’ feature for the runner. Overall, runners that wore these shoes in 2019 were medalists in 31 out of 36 possible positions. The shoes were subsequently banned by World Athletics and new rules were instituted. These rules stipulated that any new shoe design must be available for general purchase at least 4-months prior to a competition; also, new regulations outlined the maximum thickness of the sole, along with the number of carbon plates that can be used in the sole of the shoe.
See: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a30721631/nike-vaporfly-ban/
See: https://scitechdaily.com/new-research-finds-nike-vaporfly-advanced-shoe-technology-reduces-top-race-times-for-elite-athletes/
Ethical Question:
Is it ethical for sport to hinder future technological developments of shoe technology by banning a shoe with specific technology from sport competition?
Consider this question from the position of the athletes, the shoe manufacturers, race organizers, World Athletics, and other sport organizations, etc.
Grading Scheme:
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1 mark – Title page (name/student number/course code/Instructor name; topic)
5 marks – Introduction (in essay format):
(a) provide a context concerning the issue;
(b) outline what you be discussing
10 marks – Provide a pro/con list of options concerning the issue and the way forward for the – use a chart format … this list can be in point-form format
10 marks – Provide a full description of your decision concerning the “ethical way forward in sport” for the issue and fully defend your position on the “way forward” with ethical ethos (in essay format)
4 marks – Conclusion

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