BRITISH Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan is already getting far too excitable about the make-up of Team GB’s football squad for the 2012 London Games.
This week he had his say about Gareth Bale’s possible participation saying that the Spurs star could take legal action against the Football Association of Wales if they try to prevent him playing at next year’s Olympic Games.
While the former Conservative minister has the best interests of the London Games at heart, after all he knows what it means to participate as at the 1980 Moscow Olympics as he was cox for the Great Britain men’s rowing VIII as they won a silver medal, there are possibly bigger obstacles to overcome when it comes to forming a GB soccer team.
While Bale could face opposition from the FAW, so could any players chosen from Scotland and Northern Ireland as their national associations will also fight tooth and nail to avoid any situation where FIFA try to use any ‘unification’ as leverage to force a coalition of the home nations.
But while Moynihan has first hand experience of what it means to compete at the Olympics, even if it was in a sport that would appear to be merely eight big blokes taking one small boy for a row down the river for no known reason, he seems to be losing sight of what modern football is about.
The FAW, and the other home associations, fighting to retain their independence may be the least of the BOA’s worries when it comes to putting together a GB squad.
In 2012 the UEFA Championships are staged in Poland and the Ukraine between June 8 and July 1 before the Olympic football tournament is staged between July 25 and August 11.
In Bale’s case involvement would probably be in the Olympics alone (sorry Wales fans) but I can hardly see Tottenham falling all over themselves to allow one of their star players to be involved in the tournament when he would normally be heavily into the build-up to a new Premier League season – especially when Bale is one of their prime saleable assets.
Equally I am sure clubs who have had their younger players involved in Euro 2012 will not be particularly eager to sanction them going on to play in the Olympics as well.
I realise that for Lord Moynihan the Olympic ideal probably transcends all, but in professional football money has the big say and in this instance I am sure that money will do all the serious talking.