Ok, so I ended up watching the Olympics and shouting encouragement at the people who happen to have the same citizenship that I have. I couldn’t help but feel that it isn’t worth it. We watch people run, jump and swim for a couple weeks every four years. These athletes have spent years training for their events for the chance of a medal. The best-case scenario is years of someone’s life traded for a few moments on screen and piece of metal. Imagine all the people who have strived and didn’t make the cut.
Even today, Eamon Sullivan won the silver in the 100m Men’s Freestyle. He came second in an international event, second in the entire world in a sprint race won by centimetres. Our news media billed this as a disappointment. Times have changed since Ancient Rome, instead of blood we howl for gold.
“There are many athletes like me who never get the help,” Zou said by telephone. “We are left uneducated, unable to have children and destroyed by a system that told us it would take care of us forever.”
And whether the gymnasts pictured above have been starved or drugged to keep their bodies in a state of pre-pubescence is anyone’s guess.
For an event that is supposed to be about peace it sure demands a lot of sacrifices.