Olympics’ hopes

With the Olympic Games about to start, here’s what I hope to see:

  • While I fully support the protests for a Free Tibet (and against the Chinese regime), Beijing was chosen 6 years ago, and if people did want to boycott the Olympic Games in China, it would have been wiser to do it so 6 years ago. Of course, I’m not saying all protests should stop, it is nice to have the dictatorial regime get nervous by all the international media’s attention to protests, but I really hope nothing like this (skip to 4:30) happens again. That is, please protest as much as you want, but please pretty please, don’t ruin the years of preparation of the sportsmen and women that have dedicated a big part of their lifes to get here. Doing so would be like having someone remove all the GNOME (or any other free software project) subversion code, for instance, to protest against the Chinese regime. I’m sure we wouldn’t like that at all, even if we support the protests.
  • No dopping cases please.
  • I really hope to see a USA-Spain final in basketball, for a Los Angeles 84 revenge. Although it’s going to be hard, with Argentina, Russia and Greece being part also of the favorites for the medals.
  • In cycling, the Spanish team is one of the best in history for this kind of race (Freire, Samuel Sánchez and Valverde, accompanied by Contador and Sastre, the 2 last Tour de France winners), so, like every year in the World Championships, it seems it’s going to be a very nice race, specially since the Italians are very strong also (with Paolo Bettini). Also, mountain bike/BMX competitions are quite funny to watch on TV.
  • I hope to see as many (and as long as possible) Cuban women volleyball team games as possible. If you want to know why, just watch their games :-)
  • Won’t miss any of the Athletics, Swimming and Gymnastics competitions.
  • After my experience in the river Sella, I’m willing to watch also some rowing/canoeing action.

Anyway, good luck to everyone, and please, try to not stay too much time in the sofa watching the games :-) You can just do some exercises while you watch the sports or when going to the sofa to somewhere else and back, so as to feel the Olympic spirit also :-D

5 Responses to “Olympics’ hopes”

  1. Eduardo Padoan says:

    Hm… I not sure, but i guess the lifes of the political prisioners very important as well… What do you think?

    (btw, I should be protesting now. I’m a shame.)

  2. Eduardo Padoan says:

    Argh, I meant:
    “Hm… I’m not sure, but i guess that the lifes of the political prisioners are very important as well… What do you think?”

  3. rodrigo says:

    Yes, that is included in the protests against the Chinese regime

  4. Mr. Z says:

    The olympic games are centers of greed, money and corruption. The athletes are either naive or just don’t care. Most of them are corrupt as well.

    The “olympic games” don’t begin in Beijing. Qualifying rounds for all sports were done in past 4 years. There’re already lots of doping cases. And there also last minute quitting. Reasons: “injuries”; “lack of form” and my favourite for this year: “respiratory problems”. All of this are fakes: DOPING.

    It’s also really naive of you to think that anti-doping tests mean anything. For example cycling. Most of the cases of doping were discovered by police investigation not by any test. Festina. That french guy still maintains that he did nothing. Right!

    The athletes that win anything at all are using doping. And have be using them for at least the last 40 years. But most pretend otherwise. They close their eyes. If you want a “sports spectacle” like this farce that is the olympic games, then you have to accept that athletes are going to use doping.

    The spirit and ideals of the olympics and sports in general are long, long gone. All that’s left is spectacle, greed, corruption. Just like the ancient olympics. Remember, the Nazi organized the games. The political boycotts. The amateur/professional controversy. Clubs releasing their players. How the city that will organize the games is decided. Just look to what happened with last one between Paris and London. Corruption.

    If the athletes were really “athletes” they would have done better and just boycott the games themselves. But fame, glory, money and idolatry are much more important for them than the “sport”. They deserve no respect.

  5. You Blind says:

    Maybe you need to have a clearer view of China and the Tibet issue before making your comment.
    See this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m36iRlaWaLs