Sir: Various correspondents (letters, 16 September) have rightly pointed out that sporting success is a complex matter that depends on a number of factors, including opportunity, resources, role models, climate, and sheer hard work, as well as natural aptitude.
However, people - both white and black - are genetically determined to come in different shapes and sizes; and you don't have to be a racist to recognise that certain morphological types have an inborn advantage in particular sports. Pygmies are not likely to be picked for the basketball team.
It is not a question of black or white. Ethiopia's crop of first-class black runners would stand no more chance in a sprint than Lynford Christie in a marathon.
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