It has been described by some as an elitist event. How many people actually sail fancy boats or train excellent horses in dressage. (dancing horses). Why are Asian and African traditional sports not included. How come so many top athletes are from private schools. Is the Olympics simply a rich Western gathering to celebrate its existence, character and sporting personality.
Maybe some of this is there but the real nature of the Olympics is meritocracy. It is said great talent has a way of rising naturally to the top. This is true of most sports. In many ways sport is still a passage to a multikulti environment where one's talents is respected regardless of race, gender or colour.
|Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah delight the home crowd during the worlds most popular|
sporting event in London 2012.
Time was when Roman games occupied the imagination of its citizens. In A.D. 107, Emperor Trajan entertained the people of Rome with a military victory extravaganza in the Colosseum. It lasted 123 days during which 11,000 animals died and 5000 pairs of gladiators fought each other in cruel combat.
Today's games are a relatively infant project having begun in Athens in 1896. Then just nine sports were scheduled. London 2012 hosted its extravaganza with thirty-six disciplines to delight the world. It represents a truly acceptable face for globalisation through diversity and co-operation.
“Everything is politics” said Thomas Mann. “It has been called Art of the possible. It is a realm akin to art, insofar as like art, it occupies a creative mediating position between spirit and life, the idea and reality.”
Three weeks of peace fun and entertainment bring us together as one species, one planet, one life. Global sporting games are the new mediating position between the idea and reality. Romans, eat your heart out. Those damned barbarians have done it again.