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The Singularity Arrives at the Paralympics : The Miracle of Markus Rehm

The Singularity (the day when the technological singularity comes) is long overdue.

I heard that Markus Rehm (33, Germany), who holds the world record of 8 meters 62, won the men’s long jump at the Paralympic track and field games last night.

Markus Rehm, a prosthetic jumper, won the 2014 German National Championships over able-bodied athletes. Since then, he has been insinuated as “technical doping” (tool doping).

The Olympism (Olympian spirit) advocated by Coubertin is “to improve the mind and body through sports, to overcome various differences in culture and nationality, and to contribute to the realization of a peaceful and better world in the spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play. Participation by country is itself contrary to the Olympian spirit. Nor is it necessary to separate the Olympics from the Paralympics.

Shintaro Ishihara said that his reason for bidding for the Tokyo Olympics was to “show the Japanese people the wonderful bodies and spirits of the world. That is true. The main theme is to raise awareness of people and their health by showing people in all positions giving their best.

In NHK’s 2016 broadcast of “Miracle Body No. 3: Awakening Unknown Abilities,” NHK asked why Markus Löhm was able to make the amazing jumps that he did. The brain was scientifically analyzed from every angle. The brain function developed because of the loss of the lower right knee, the unique use of the body, and other aspects of the infinite possibilities of the human body were portrayed.

In other words, Löhm has proven that he is one of the world’s top-class athletes, with or without prosthetic legs.

I have never watched the Olympics since I was born, and I have no intention of watching the concessionary Olympics in the future, but if I were to find meaning in the Olympics of the future, I would say that the abolition of the national categories and the integration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games could truly show the world what we are capable of as human beings. I think it could be wonderful.

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Farther.” 8m18, three-time long jump champion Markus Rehm’s big dream.

Markus Rehm|Feeling like a “prosthetic man” in the second edition|Challenged: Asahi Shimbun Digital http://www.asahi.com/special/challenged/athletics/markusrehm/02.html

NHK Special “Miracle Body” No.3 Awaken Unknown Ability
Jumper with prosthetic leg Markus Rehm