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Buy A Ticket To Success?

- August 14th, 2012

Once again we applaud their efforts, and express pride in how they performed.

And, once again we wonder why they didn’t do better… being oh, so careful, not to minimize their achievements.

Well done!

They, after all, are the ones who step up, our flag-bearing Olympians, devoted to bringing glory to the Great White North.

Our goal in London wasn’t unreasonable… score more medals, including three gold, than we won in Beijing.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.  While we did tie that medal count, we walked away with two less gold.

Now, the question is, do we really care?  Just how much importance, do we as a nation, put on the Olympic Games?

If we truly do care, than obviously, we need to make some changes.

More dedicated athletes?  Don’t think so.  We’d be hard pressed to find such an animal.

Better coaching?

No.  The answer is money… a LOT more money?  To compete, and WIN, on the international stage, is an expensive proposition.

While we can never expect to top the giants, like the U.S. and China, we can, with increased funding, improve our chances of moving up the ladder… leaving all the “Uwhatsastans” eating our dust.

As we can’t count on corporate Canada to pitch in more, and tax dollars are a no go, (not a good time) the only other source of cash would be a lottery… an Olympic Lottery! Not a new idea, but a good one…it seemed to work well for the Brits!

Like it or not, the price of gold is going up, and if we’re not going to put out… maybe we should drop out. 

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Tarnished Rings?

- July 29th, 2012

As I watched the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad, the parade of nations, I couldn’t help but wonder how some countries scored an invitation… countries whose devotion to fair play and sportsmanship, might fall a tad short of the Olympic ideal.

Team Assad

At the ’48 games in London, Germany and Japan were ‘persona non grata’, for the part they played in World War Two.  Despite suffering a well deserved thrashing at the hands of the Allies, they were tagged as “aggressor nations”, still unworthy to play with others.

Yet, on Friday night, as the world looked on, delegations from “black hat” nations were warmly welcomed, as they strode proudly into the stadium.

There was Ahmadinejad’s, Jew hating Iran.  Kim Jong-un’s, sabre-rattling North Korea… and unbelievably, Bashar al-Assad’s, blood-soaked Syria! 

Might these be classified as “aggressor nations?”  Do ya think!

There were many others of course, Communist states and dictatorships, monarchies and theocracies… oppressive, misogynistic, world hoods, always plotting to expand their influence.

It’s an ugly fact, that from time to time, dealing with these “devils” is unavoidable.  Because of our need for goods, or for national security reasons, we may not have much of a choice… but do we have to PLAY with them, invite them to the party!?  Put me down, for NO!

Major international events, like the Olympic Games, should be open to free and democratic societies, ONLY!  And never AGAIN, should the undemocratic be awarded the games!

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) should no more invite nations like Iran, than I would invite the neo-Nazi skinhead living down the street, (if there was one) to a backyard bar-b-cue!  

Team Ayatollah

There are those who argue, that by “playing” with these despotic nations, we’re afforded the opportunity to influence them, help them see the “light”… win their hearts and minds.

Really? 

Tell that to a billion plus, oppressed Chinese, whose leadership, by the way, along with Russia’s new Czar, Putin, are still onside with the Syrian butcher, Assad!

Any good parent will tell you, you don’t reward bad behavior… maybe the IOC should speak to one.

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