Olympics a positive global symbol
Mon, July 30, 2012 - 12:03 AM
THE EYES OF THE world are focused on competition in the Olympic Games taking place in London, where human endeavour, cultural and class differences and lifelong friendships are developed.
The rivalry over the next two weeks will for the most part take the spotlight away from the burden of politics, financial meltdown and corporate greed which have enveloped current events.
The Olympics will be an ideal opportunity for people across the world to look at innovation and the passion for success and show the way to achieve in an honourable manner, sometimes against tremendous odds.
These games are about honour, goodwill and peace, and less about economic, political and military might.
This 30th Olympiad is taking place in one of the world’s historic cities against the background of economic collapse, double dip recession and the fear that host countries of the recent games are left in a financial stranglehold.
People the world over, including many in Britain, are questioning the value and benefits of the games whose costs are now mind-boggling.
But, given the demands for transparency and good governance, we are sure a publicly disclosed cost-benefit analysis of the games will come afterwards.
For the athletes, it is a time to shine. There are show-stoppers – like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps – and even though neither may reach the stellar heights of their spectacular achievements four years ago in Beijing, China, we must show our support and appreciation for their efforts on the world stage.
For those who still try to cheat by using a variety of sophisticated drugs, we hope they are all caught and shamed.
For Barbados, with a small delegation in this 2012 Olympics, we must root for our athletes. We must stand behind them as they are on the world stage.
Despite our size and the few medals we have gained at this level, we must still be proud of our athletes who can take inspiration from Jim Wedderburn, a bronze medalist with the then West Indies 4x400-metre relay team at the 1960 games in Rome, Italy, and Obadele Thompson in the 100 metres of the 2000 event in Sydney, Australia.
This year we have great hope for Ryan Brathwaite in the men’s 110 hurdles, and we proudly stand behind all our other athletes.
Of course, we will also root for the Caribbean athletes as they strive to prove that despite being a scattering of small islands with limited resources we have the talent and the determination.
The Olympics is about the very best talent. Yes, we have our favourites, but not everyone can be a winner.
All the best to Team Barbados! All the other athletes, we wish them well. We also wish the Olympic movement success.
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