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Thursday, August 21, 2008

R.I.P. Gene Upshaw and the IOC president tongue lashes Bolt

I did not always agree with you, but you did much for the game that I love to watch for about 22 weekends of the year.

IOC president Jacques Rogge, do not mek mi tell yuh bout yuh rass!

Look, the guy is 22, if you have a problem with how he is celebrating, talk to him in private, no need to censor him in public. I did not see you calling out the Russian pole vaulter who was doing back flips, I did not hear you say anything when the US swimming team started screaming at the French. I read nothing about you going after the Chinese team doing laps in the stuff it!

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cau bad man nuh itch fi guh blow petrol " --Cham


Kamau Francis said...

I guess I will give my two cents...(it's been awhile since I have posted)

Not to reiterate what has been said, but Mr. Rogge has forgotten one important fact. The Olympics is about showcasing the diversity and unity of the world through sports. This means that you have to embrace the customs of different people as they themselves seek to learn the customs of the world.

To quote Mr. Rogge....."I think he should show more respect for his competitors and shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones immediately after the finish and not make gestures like the one he made in the 100 metres." First off, I have watched many races and it is the other competitors who tend to go over and shake the hand or pat the shoulder of the winner. Men (esp here in Jamaica) do not hug, so that is out of the question (again, thats our way...don't hate). Did the other athletes come over and congratulate him? If not, why then. I have no problem with how the race was won or how he performed.

Again to quote Mr. Rogge...."I understand the joy. He might have interpreted that in another way, but the way it was perceived was 'catch me if you can'. You don't do that. But he'll learn. He's still a young man."
No you do not understand the joy. Where are your medals from your olympic victory? Where are your World Records? The last I checked, the IOC is still reeling from drug scandals of the past. Rogge's way of celebrating the olympics will be to pop some champagne and have caviar with his elitist friends. They are far more suited for lawn tennis, golf or squash, not the world of athletics where athletes train to be the biggest and the best. He has no comment for the way others (esp Americans - no offence) have celebrated, but he thinks he can play the big bad wolf and scare athletes who are not from World Superpowers. Well guess what Rogge, without the athletes and their fierce rivalry, you wouldn't have a job.

There are so many wrongs with the Olympics this year from lip syncing 7 years olds, to television coverage being delayed to or non-existent in some areas, to corporate sponsors who dictate when swimmers swim in order to protect their bottom line. If Rogge is so concerned about the "Spirit of the Games" he should then be championing the Olympics being broadcast to all corners of the world so there can be inclusiveness, and that athletes who have performed to their utmost not be disqualified for meaningless actions when the overall effort was not disturbed in any way (making reference to the mockery that was the result of the men's 200m). I think it is time that the athletes and the fans take back their sport from these bureaucrats and technocrats who spent more time trying to make deals with media companies than ensuring that the deals struck with the host country would be adhered to.

And that is my two cents.

Kamau Francis said...

The first one was my two cents, but now I going to empty the piggy bank

@ larz hendrixson...I will forgive you. You are just a bitter old man who deserves to join the local country club with Mr. Rogge and clap mildly when you favourite golfer makes par on a hole. Go dig a hole and bury yourself under it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Bolt's actions. If he was a disrespectful pompous windbag as you suggest, then
a. when asked if he thought he would break the 100m record he would have responded yes..
b. when he finished the race, he would not have been celebrating the efforts of his fellow countryman Germaine Mason (who does high jump for Great Britain)

I find you all so bigoted when it comes to the events. Go and check youtube and all those other sites for the reactions of athletes after they have won events and you will see Bolt was mild in comparison. We do not come from a country which has had many olympic golds in recent times, esp from the men. Yes he was elated, not since Donald Quarrie at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 has a Jamaican male won any gold and better yet, he is the first to have won both the 100m and 200m sprint double since Carl Lewis at the 1984 games. Is he #1?, yes he is. Did he have a right to celebrate? Yes he did. Athletes have been celebrating victory for as long as competition has been around..thats the nature of competition.

And for those of you who don't understand the term: Competition
a. The act of competing
b. Rivalry
c. A test of skill
d. A contest
e. An event in which people compete against the opposition

I find it interesting that Rogge said he should have gone around and shaken hands with everyone. For one thing, that could be seen as condescending by some (Thank you very much for competing in the race with me. Good race, I look forward to our next meet. Congratulations.) I can see that those who are bitter have never truly competed, else they know that some athletes in their so called gesture of Goodwill are actually taunting their opponents. Why then doesn't Rogge read into those, since he is the master of misinterpretation and give one of his epic speeches on sportsmanship.

If you want something to talk about, why not talk about the fourth and fifth place runners who were elevated to 2nd and 3rd and didn't even have the balls on a matter of principle to stand up and say they would not accept the medals they did not earn. Then you would have truly seen the Olympic spirit at work. However, by their very actions, they have proven that the Olympics isn't abotu good sportsmanship, but about winning and standing at that podium at all costs. Or how about the American athlete who realised he wasn't good enough to run for third place in the men's 100m so he dove to the finish line, thereby securing a medal. Isn't that unsportsmanlike, winning at all odds. Where is the epistle according to Rogge on that one? None will be forthcoming because Rogge doesn't want to upset the Americans and lose his prestigious position.

Be real people this is the Olympics. The day TV right became more important than the welfare of the athletes signalled the death of the Olympic spirit and heralded the truly competitive nature of the event. I don't despise the Americans for showboating (sticking out tongue etc.) when they win and I certainly don't despise those who stand up for principles. What I do despise are bureaucrats who have never competed a day in their lives telling true athletes how to celebrate.

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