BARON Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, said: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
Great sentiments. What happened?
All the major world nations will be competing to win and some of their athletes will not be above using drugs to enhance their performance.
It is also unfortunate that the cost of the London Games has grown like Topsy since they were first priced at £2.4 billion.
This had jumped to £9.3 billion by 2007, then a Government committee said it would be closer to £11 billion and a Sky Sports investigation, that included public transport upgrade costs, has suggested it could top £24 billion. All this as Britannia struggles to keep her head above the tide of recession.
But let’s put money aside. Let’s put aside the debate about whether the Olympics will actually result in the beneficial regeneration of areas of the capital. Londoners themselves have been highly critical. Let’s put aside the looming debacle of four-hour queues at Heathrow immigration gates.
Let’s be positive. Let’s look at how: “Eight thousand inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide.”
And now let’s see how many put their torches and track suits up for sale on eBay.