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Is there any genetic evidence to suggest black people are more athletic than white people?

Hi all,

In my sociology of sport class our lecturer's opinion is that there is absolutely no genetic evidence to suggest that black people are more athletic than white. Rather, his opinion is that simply it is to do with culture, eg NBA basketball more african american kids play it in america than caucasian, therefore they are not more athletic simply there is just more of them that play it.

I tend to disagree, after doing some research. Empirical evidence would suggest that there might be slight biological advantages for certain sports, eg men's 100 meter sprint, long jump, high jump, which are dominated by people of african background. I have no science background, just enjoy reading about evolution, and Richard's books, and would be interested to hear of some evidence.



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