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Olympic Diary from July 26th

Posted on: 27 July 2012


Thought for the day

As I expected, hour after hour media reports about the Olympics continued to assail my eyes and ears. The noise of today’s reports however will be as nothing compared to the noise when the Games officially open tomorrow.

While today’s reports mostly featured first choice athletes they also featured those gripers who thought they should be first choices even though the selectors disagreed with them. While they would like you to think that they wanted to compete because they would be winners for Australia it seems to me they griped because they had been denied the key that would give them access to the treasure store of wealth the Olympics has become.

I find this sad because what it says to me is that the ideals of modern Olympics as envisaged by their founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin have been lost. Unfortunate as it is the Olympics have become a kind of gold mine that for a few weeks every four years opens up for mining during which competitors resort to every kind of trickery to win.

At the same time, Governments use the Olympics to give them an image of benevolence while they carry on a war that can be likened to the new kind of military warfare where internal infrastructure is destroyed while the outer shell remains intact.

Business does the same although they say they do it in the spirit of competition. In both cases competitors are the human face of that warfare though most of them will never be as well remunerated as the Members of their respective governments or business sponsors.
dca@netspeed.com.au

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