The founding and abiding principle of the Olympic Games is that athletes of the World gather in competition. Note that it is the ‘athletes’ of the World who gather and not the nations. Its is of course natural that comparisons will be made between the joint achievements of various country’s sportsmen and women but let us celebrate the triumphs of all those taking part and try not to turn this amazing event into some kind of ideological war.
I have heard it said that the Sports Minister is considering diverting funds towards those sports in which we in the UK are most likely to win medals in 2012. What an appalling thought. Apart from the general immorality of it, this would mean a higher proportion of funding going into Equestrian and sailing events which are simply not available to the majority of our aspiring young athletes.