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The relationship between race and sports and the observed differences in racial performance in different sports have caused debate.


Jon Entine

Jon Entine has argued, most prominently in his 2000 book Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About it,[1] that genetic differences between races explain racial differences in sports performance. Such genetic differences include body shape differences (height, muscle mass, subcutaneous fat, length of extremities and torso, lung capacity, width of hips and shoulders, etc) and body physiology differences (muscle fiber types, hormones, metabolic enzymes, reflex speed, bone density, etc).[2]

West Africans are overrepresented in certain anaerobic sports such as sprinting and basketball. East Africans are overrepresented in certain aerobic sports such as long-distance running. Certain Eurasian regions are overrepresented in sports requiring upper body strength such as wrestling, weight lifting, and throwing. East Asians are overrepresented in sports requiring flexibility and dexterity such as gymnastics.[2]

Race and Sport: Evolution and Racial Differences in Sporting Ability

Race and Sport: Evolution and Racial Differences in Sporting Ability is 2016 review book by Edward Dutton and Richard Lynn.[3]

"Dutton and Lynn examine women’s sports as well. Since men are better at all kinds of athletic contests than women, the women who achieve at the highest levels tend to be less feminine than average. Also significant are racial differences in sexual dimorphism: African women and others from tropical regions are less distinct from their men than are women closer to the Arctic. Dutton and Lynn examine data concerning the best male and female performers in over fifty sports and compare them with predictions based on the physical traits of each of these racial groups."[3]


A 1994 study examination of 32 English sport/exercise science textbooks found that 7 (21.9%) argued that there are biophysical differences due to race that explain differences in sports performance, 24 (75%) did not mention nor refute the concept, and 1 (3.12%) expressed caution with the idea.[4]

A 2010 examination of 18 widely used English anatomy textbooks found that every one relied on the existence of races. The study gives examples of how the textbooks state that anatomical features vary between races.[5]

Different center of gravity

The world records for running tend to be set by Blacks. The world records for swimming tend to be set by Whites. This may be due to a different center of mass for Whites and Blacks. For Blacks, it is on average 3 percent higher above the ground than for Whites. This is argued to mean that Blacks on average hold a 1.5 percent speed advantage in running, while Whites hold a 1.5 percent speed advantage in swimming.[6]

Cranial/brain size and running

Another proposed explanation for racial differences regarding running is that races with larger average cranial/brain size have pelvis structures that are suitable during childbirth for the larger cranial/brain size but at the same time are less efficient for running.[7]

Intelligence and reaction time

Sports that rely relatively more on intelligence and related variables such as reaction time likely have racial differences related to differences in race and intelligence.

Femininity vs. masculinity

See Other race differences: Femininity vs. masculinity

Chinese views

Among Chinese, the proposition that there are genetic differences affecting sports performance is a widely accepted. During the 2004 Summer Olympics, the People's Daily wrote that Chinese are "suited" to sports like Ping-Pong, badminton and gymnastics that require agility and technique. However, the newspaper argued, Chinese have "congenital shortcomings" and "genetic differences" that means they are disadvantaged at purely athletic events. The success of hurdler Liu Xiang has been explained as due to hurdling also requiring technique which fits with the stereotype that Chinese are disciplined and smart. A researcher with the China Institute of Sports Science, Li Aidong, said that sports coaches believe Chinese athletes could also be successful in long jumping, high jumping and speed walking. But she doubted Chinese could compete in pure sprinting.[8]

Environmental explanations

Politically correct explanations for the observed racial sport differences include differences in cultural preferences, differences in resources with some sports requiring more resources to participate in which may be lacking in poor areas and nations, differences in physical environment such as living and training at high attitudes causing non-genetic bodily changes, and discrimination.

That US Blacks do dominate certain US sports despite many claimed general disadvantages and discrimination creates problems for environmentalists regarding other racial differences. For example, this makes it harder to explain why US Blacks do not dominate at least one area related to intellectual achievement.

Direct genetic evidence

Recent genetic research have found that certain gene variants are associated with differing degree of success in certain sports and that the frequency of these gene variants are different in different populations.[9]

Salary differences

NBA basketball salaries were in a 2001 study high for White players compared with their actual performance. However, this may in part be due to viewer preferences. Viewership increases when there is greater participation by White players which means higher advertising incomes. This explains much of the salary gap.[10]

Sport as propaganda

Non-White sport performers are often used for propaganda purposes. Mass immigration is justified by pointing to non-Whites who perform well in international competitions for their new country. National teams where persons of different races cooperate are seen as a model for society. Idolization of non-White sport performers, especially by young people, bring further acceptance. In general the artificially created sports world arguably gives a very misleading impression of the range of racial differences and problems found in the real world.

Of the 60 senior executives of the major sports leagues, talent agencies, and media outlets, 43 are Jews. Jews are only 2% of the US population and their over-representation in places of power and wealth is part of their Jewish privilege.[11]

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  1. Jon Entine. Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why we’re Afraid to Talk about It. Public Affairs. 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 An interview with Jon Entine with Alexander F. Christensen, Ph.D. About.com. http://www.jonentine.com/reviews/about_interview.htm
  3. 3.0 3.1 Review of Race and Sport: Evolution and Racial Differences in Sporting Ability http://www.toqonline.com/blog/review-of-race-and-sport-evolution-and-racial-differences-in-sporting-ability/
  4. Christopher J. Hallinan, 1994 The presentation of human biological diversity in sport and exercise science textbooks: the example of "race." Journal of Sport Behavior, March. http://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/19941803398.html
  5. Goran Štrkalj and Veli Solyali. Human Biological Variation in Anatomy Textbooks: The Role of Ancestry. Studies on Ethno-Medicine, 4(3): 157-161 (2010) http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/S-EM/EM-04-0-000-10-Web/EM-04-3-000-2010-Abst-PDF/EM-04-3-157-10-153-%C5%A0trkalj-G/EM-4-3-157-10-153-Strkalj-G-Tt.pdf
  6. The Evolution Of Speed In Athletics: Why The Fastest Runners Are Black And Swimmers White, A. Bejan et al., Int. Journal of Design & Nature. Vol. 5, No. 0 (2010) 1–13 http://journals.witpress.com/paperinfo.asp?pid=454
  7. J. Philippe Rushton. Race, Evolution and Behavior.
  8. LETTER FROM ASIA; Racial 'Handicaps' and a Great Sprint Forward, Jim Yardley, New York Times, September 8, 2004
  9. Zilberman-Schapira G, Chen J, Gerstein M (2012) On sports and genes. Recent Pat DNA Gene Seq 6 (3):180-8. http://pubmed.gov/22762737
  10. Kanazawa, M. T.; Funk, J. P. (2001). "Racial Discrimination in Professional Basketball: Evidence from Nielsen Ratings". Economic Inquiry 39 (4): 599–608. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ei/39.4.599
  11. Comprehensive Lists of the Jews Who Dominate Us at The Daily Stormer
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