idn't you heard? Anti-gravity was discovered and humanity hasn't lost the taste for stupid sports. It's the inner child in us i guess. You can now compete in anti-gravity pod races without worring for your life because, just like we invented anti-gravity, we have also invented a type of airbag (or foambag) that activates in the nick of time just before an accident and with very close to zero probability of failure avoids any kind of injury. You have to buy a pod!
And because we are in a very distant future, pods are very common and depreciated pieces of machinery, most of the time coming from decomissioned spaceships, easy to adquire. A basic pod costs like a mid range PC in 2017 (ha ha how specific). Pod races are very accessible sport and almost everyone can participate, at least in the lower leagues, or as a hobby.
Of course that, on the other hand, in order to participate in the higher leagues, one needs to be very special. You see, at very high speeds it is necessary to have very quick reflexes and an uncanny capability to concentrate and be one with the track and the adversaries. It is not for everyone and in fact, only a very small percentage of the population is capable to be competitive at that level. Also a very small percentage is corageous enough to endure all the traning necessary to attain a high level in this sport. This individuals are heroes for the public and idolized as such. They have the fame, they have the glory, and they have the mission to win every race. If you could be one of this heroes, you would be a POD HERO.
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