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Could Blockchain Disrupt The Business Of Sports Scouting?

• LATIF ADÉOTHY

Messi was too small, George Best was too light and Roy Keane had been turned down for a trial by most English football clubs before he was spotted playing for Cobh Ramblers in Cork.It is hard to imagine that they almost missed out on becoming professional footballers, just because they didn't meet the stereotypical physical criteria of their day. Fortunately, they persevered and ended up meeting recruiters who saw their talent and gave them a chance.How many other exceptional sporting talents are missed by scouts today or unable to showcase their skills at the right moment? Do we have any idea how much potential is never seen, let alone turned down like Messi, Best and Keane?Athletes of all stripes, not just football, can struggle to get on the recruiters' radar and scouts can be overwhelmed by the amount of talent to spot across the globe. The opportunities for detection decrease when we move away from Western countries to focus on African or South American talent; two continents

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