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Olympic thought for the day

Posted on: 9 August 2012

Measurement of sporting greatness

Are Olympic medals the true measure of sporting greatness? It could be argued they aren’t because the four years between the games negates the results produced by many athletes during those four years are better than the results achieved by Olympic medal winners. That apart, they are also deprived of the glory, status and financial rewards an Olympic medal can bring.

It could be argued also that the Olympics has helped to widen, rather than close, the gap between peoples and societies where sport is not a war but an activity whose aim is to encourage good health. Western nations make such claims but practice it more in the breech than the observance.

To some extent the Olympics have become political wars in which bragging rights describe the status of participating countries with athletes the ammunition used in their non-lethal fighting but as in lethal wars get decorated as heroes.

As with wars, the generals directing the athletes can be found giving advice from the rear along with politicians who like nothing more than grab the opportunity to bask in the reflected glory of the winning athletes in hope that it will help them win their political race.
It seems inequitable also that more riches attach to some events than to others despite every athlete facing similar regimes of discipline and arduous training, many of which are managed by parents and siblings, that are considered necessary to win medals.

I feel sure also that every competitor is full of admiration for every other competitor whether they win or lose because they know what it takes to compete. With that in mind I’d like to suggest that every competitor get an Olympic ribbon to show they have competed, so that they too can show it to their children and grandchildren. Such an award could well help restore the lustre the Games seem to be losing.


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